is with very deep regret that the Ministry of Defence
has to confirm that Corporal Marc Taylor was killed
in an ambush of British military vehicles on the outskirts
of Basrah on 28 September 2004. Aged 27, he came from
Ellesmere Port and served with the Corps of Royal Electrical
& Mechanical Engineers, attached to 1st Regiment
Royal Horse Artillery. He was married with a daughter.
Spud Taylor joined the Army in August 1993;
choosing REME. After training, his first posting was
to 1st Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers,
based in Germany, as a Recovery Mechanic. During this
time he served an operational tour in the Former Republic
of Yugoslavia. In July 1998 he was posted to 17 Port
and Maritime Regiment Workshop, based in Marchwood.
In August 2000 he moved to 7th Air Assault Battalion,
Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, and completed
a tour in Northern Ireland.
last posting was to 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery
Workshop in Tidworth. He deployed to Iraq in command
of a four-man team with B Battery Royal Horse Artillery
in April 2004. Initially responsible for the mentoring
and training of the Serious Crimes Unit of the Basrah
Police, they had recently re-roled to provide escort
teams to a group coordinating reconstruction projects
in Basrah province.
Taylor was killed whilst escorting a visit to a new
housing project. He was a calm, confident leader who
easily gained the respect of all who had the privilege
of knowing him. He was a first class Team Commander.
Corporal Taylor was a devoted husband and father. In
the year he had been with the Regiment he made many
good friends and will be sorely missed by all, in particular
the members of the Workshop and B Battery. Our deepest
sympathy goes out to his family.
wife, Mrs Olivia Taylor, who is expecting their second
had been in the Army for eleven years, and it was
his life. He was an Army man through and through.
He was always very positive about his time in Iraq,
and serving his country. He enjoyed the particular
job he was doing, helping the Iraqi people rebuild
their lives. All of his family are proud that he died
doing the job he wanted to do. He was a hero to all
of us, and everyone who knew him."
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