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Jackson-Taylor, Philip Stuart (1896-1945)

Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.


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Details: Philip Stuart Jackson-Taylor (1896-1945), born 20 March 1896, son of Bernard Philip Jackson-Taylor (bank manager) of Hereford.


Brother of John Curzon Jackson-Taylor (1898-1918)


Attended Northwood Park, Winchester, Hampshire.


Attended Sherborne School (The Green) September 1909-July 1914; Longmuir Drawing prize, 1913; Public Schools Boxing, 1914; School Aldershot Representative 1914.


WW1, Major, Herefordshire Regiment, 1st Bn. Obtained Commission in 1914. Went to Gallipoli in July 1915 and was there until he was wounded in November 1915 and returned to England. Joined Royal Flying Corps in January 1916 and went to France in summer of 1917, rising to be Major in 1918.


Permanent commission, Captain, Royal Flying Corps, Regular Army, 1919.


In 1918, married Joyce Beatrice Mina Webster (1896-1940). They had a daughter, Pamela Mary Helen Jackson-Taylor (1919-1981).


Graduate of RAF Staff College, 1927; retired as Squadron-Leader, 1928; Commandant United Service Corps, 1930.


WW2, Group Captain in the Royal Air Force. Killed in an air crash off the Island of Lampedusa on 1 February 1945, aged 48, while flying to the Yalta Conference as a representative of the Air Ministry, the aircraft crashed into the sea and was destroyed during an attempted ditching in position 35 degrees 30 North/12 degrees 35 East (off Lampedusa Island) at 1934 hours GMT. This aircraft was one of the support aircraft carrying staff and other personnel involved in the Yalta Conference. There were a series of errors in navigation, the Met forecasts obtained by the wireless operator were out of date and the crew did not obtain any reliable radio bearings to allow them to reach Malta. The aircraft circled over Lampedusa for over an hour and it seems there was some confusion about whether they thought they were at Malta and could not pinpoint their position.


Flight Sergeant Alfred Claude Jack WALKER 21 Flight Engineer.

Flying Officer Arthur APPLEBY 24 Air Gunner.

Warrant Officer William WRIGHT 25.

Wireless Operator Leading Aircraftman John CHICKEN 36.

Lieutenant Colonel Ivor Stuart Huntly HOOPER 37 West Yorkshire Regiment.

Lieutenant Colonel Wilfred George NEWEY DSO TD.

Captain Albany Kennett CHARLESWORTH 52 MC Royal Armoured Corps.

Captain William Henry FINCH 55 MBE General List.

Group Captain Philip Stuart JACKSON-TAYLOR.

Mr Armine Roderick DEW 38 MVO First Secretary Foreign Office.

Mr Peter Noel LOXLEY 39 First Secretary Foreign Office.

Mr John CHAPLIN 34 Second Secretary Foreign Office.

Captain Robert MacDonald GUTHRIE 48 RM Kings Messenger.

Inspector Harry Joseph BATTLEY 36 Special Branch.

Miss Patricia Maxwell SULLIVAN 23 Foreign Office.

(Details: 'Though Without Anger' - Colin Cummings)


Commemorated at:

Imtarfa Military Cemetery, Malta, Joint grave 1. 1C. 4


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; The Green roll of honour.


Obituary, The Shirburnian, March 1945: 'Philip Stuart Jackson-Taylor, Squadron-Leader, RAF, was the elder of two brothers, who were both at The Green. At School he won a Longmuir Drawing Prize and represented the School in the Public Schools Boxing in 1914. He served in the European War of 1914-18, first as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Hereford Regiment, being wounded in Gallipoli, and later in the RFC. He obtained a permanent commission in the RAF in 1919. After graduating in the RAF Staff College, he retired with the rank of Squadron Leader in 1928. He was killed on active service in February 1945, while flying to the Yalta Conference as a representative of the Air Ministry.'

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