David Carl Taylor

Observer, 139 (Jamaica) Squadron
Service number 102613
Died 23 November 1941
Buried Norwich Cemetery, Norfolk
Age 31

Headstone Inscription
‘PROFESSOR ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC. HIS PASSING IS A TRAGEDY TOO GREAT FOR WORDS M.H.D.S.R.I.P.’


David was born on 21 June 1910 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The son of Mr & Mrs Lewis Taylor. David attended Parktown Boy’s High School and as a talented violinist, he won an overseas scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music. In 1939, he is listed as a Professor of Music living in Banstead. The Royal Academy of Music still present the David Carl Taylor award today.

David was the observer on Bleinheim Z2575 which departed RAF Horsham St Faith on a daylight training exercise. The aircraft crashed on takeoff and David died the next day from his injuries.