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The Cenotaph, erected in the St. Norbert Cemetery, was an over-grown, long forgotten homage to the thirteen men who fought and died in World War I and who were connected to the St. Norbert area.

Then one day in 2008, Art Bloomfield, an area resident, took a closer look at the overgrown monument while walking his young grandson to pre-school. Soon after, he and his family made it their personal mission to ensure that the cenotaph and those thirteen men whose names are etched in stone were forgotten no more.

Celebrate and honour these men at the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month.

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image placeholderPRIVATE ALFRED TAYLOR
Regimental #2922218

Born:  November 15, 1894, London, England

Although no direct relationship has been found, Joseph Champagne of St. Norbert was listed as his next of kin

Occupation:  Farmer

Enlisted:  March 31, 1916, 46th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Killed in Action:  September 2, 1918 (24 years) near Dury, France

Awarded:


A son to Ellen Taylor, brother to John Taylor and fiancé to Miss Beattie Key, all from London, England, Alfred was a single Roman Catholic farmer. With a fair complexion, blue eyes and fair hair, he stood 5 foot 5.5 inches and weighed 148 lbs. It isn't known why he was in Canada, but he did have connections to St. Norbert and Morris, where his brother lived. He arranged his pay to be sent to Mr. Joe Champagne of St Norbert. At age 22, he enlisted in Morris, MB.

image of Cap Badge for the 46th Bn
46th Battalion
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Alfred Taylor is the only CEF soldier named on the St Norbert Memorial who was not born in Canada.  He was the last to die in combat.  Alfred enlisted with the 222nd Battalion at Morris.  He went to England with that unit.  At first, he was posted to the 16th (Canadian Scottish) Bn, but was transferred to the 46th (South Saskatchewan) Bn before reporting to the 16th.  On June 01, 1917 he was gassed, wounded by friendly fire.  He was evacuated to England, where he spent the next year recovering.  He rejoined the 46th Bn in mid-August.  On September 02, 1918, he was reported missing in action during the attack on Dury, one battle in the breaking of the Drocourt-Queant Line.  Alfred's remains were found and identified two weeks later.  He is buried at Dury Crucifix Cemetery. 


Attestation and other Papers
His grave is in the Dury Crucifix Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France, I 19 06
He is commemorated in the First World War Book of Remembrance, page 510
His name is inscribed on the St Norbert, MB War Memorial
Veterans Affairs Canada Link
Library and Archives Canada File RG150, 1992-93/166, Box 9513-43

*with files from Jim Busby

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