William Cummings Taylor

Corporal William Cummings Taylor was one of 650 Allied prisoners of war held in horrendous conditions on board Japanese "Hell Ship" the Maros Maru in 1944.

Corporal

William Cummings Taylor

1076948

Corporal William Cummings Taylor served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and was taken prisoner of war in the Pacific theatre of operations. He was one of 650 prisoners on board the "Hell Ship" Maros Maru.

Corporal William Cummings Taylor (1076948) served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during World War Two. He died onboard the Japanese "Hell Ship" Maros Maru on 29th September 1944.

In 1944, Allied raids took place on the islands of Ambon, Huruku, and Celebes. The Maros Maru retreated from Ambon Island, Indonesia to Java, Indonesia in August 1944. On board were 650 Allied prisoners of war. Conditions on these prisoner of war vessels were terrible. Taylor’s prisoner of war number onboard was 558.

William Cummings Taylor has no known grave but his name is on Column 437 of the Singapore Memorial, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. It is also on the family plot headstone at Row K, Grave 64 of Belfast City Cemetery, Belfast, Co. Antrim.

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