Alyn Lee Taylor

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Commander Alyn Lee Taylor, O.B.E., R.N. (23 June, 1906 – 8 December, 1947) served in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The elder son of Guy L. Taylor.[1]

Taylor entered the navy on 15 May, 1920 and proved himself a truly extraordinary young naval officer, being awarded the Beaufort Testimonial with Wharton Testimonial (1928), the Ronald Megaw Memorial Prize (1928-29), and the Robert Roxburgh Memorial Prize. He was appointed to Iron Duke in the Mediterranean on 15 January, 1925. Soon after, he was in Resolution and Royal Sovereign, the latter appointment ending in April, 1927. He went to the Royal Naval College, Greenwich.

Appointed to the cruiser Effingham in August, 1928, Taylor was recommended for promotion by Captain Patrick Macnamara, and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant with seniority of 1 December, 1928.

He spent one year in Malaya, appointed 12 April, 1930 where Captain Fraser noted he was above average in all respects but required more leadership experience. He was next sent to H.M.S. Vernon for a Long Course in Torpedoes before the Service Record we have for him peters out in 1931. It appears that he excelled there, as he was awarded the Ogilvy Medal, perhaps in 1932.

Taylor was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 December, 1936.[2] He was appointed to the new light cruiser Edinburgh as torpedo officer on 13 May, 1938, to remain with her upon her first commissioning.[3]

He seems to have remained with H.M.S. Edinburgh[4] until promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1941.[5]

In September 1943 he was appointed to the shore establishment H.M.S. Lanka as Staff Officer (Operations) on staff of Commander-in-Chief, Eastern Fleet.[6]

On 2 December, 1944 he was appointed to H.M.S. Howe as Staff Officer (Operations) to Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser.[7]

Taylor died "suddenly and peacefully" aged just forty-one at Rowners, Fleet, Hants.[8] His loved ones "Simon" and "Pegs" sent in Memoriam notices to The Times on anniversaries of his death, the last being on the twentieth anniversary.

See Also


  1. "Deaths" The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Dec 10, 1947; pg. 1; Issue 50940.
  2. The Navy List. (May, 1939). p. 79.
  3. The Navy List. (May, 1939). p. 280.
  4. "Navalis" on BBS, 10 April, 2018.
  5. The Navy List. (December, 1941). p. 130.
  6. The Navy List. (October, 1943). p. ? per Navalis.
  7. The Navy List. (July, 1945). p. ? per "Navalis" on thread 19613 on BBS, 10 April, 2018.
  8. "Deaths" The Times (London, England), Wednesday, Dec 10, 1947; pg. 1; Issue 50940.