074 – Private Henry Aubrey Taylor

Private Henry Aubrey Taylor 40th Battalion

By reading the charges laid against Henry whilst on the voyage to England, it is possible to get an idea of the route taken by the Euripides after it left Sydney in May 1918. Whilst at Wellington New Zealand he absented himself for two days and was admonished and lost two days pay. Determined to see what sights were on offer at Jamaica, while the boat was in port, he left the ship against orders and was absent for two days.  He was given 10 days detention. On arrival in New York Harbour he broke out of quarters and was awarded 168 hours detention. Here he was transhipped to the Teutonic for the remainder of the voyage to England arriving there on 2 July 1918. The same day he was marched into the 9th Training Battalion and allotted to the 40th Battalion. Following a further charge of being AWOL in September he was marched out to France on 26 October 1918. It would appear that Henry had not learnt his lesson going AWOL twice more before being attached to the Graves Registration Detachment and later to the Imperial War Graves Com-mission. Further charges were made against him on his return to England which were not proved. Henry finally left England March 1920 for return to Australia. His adventure now over. On return to Australia, Henry appears to drop from the public records.