3:54pm Sunday 18th August 2013
AN appeal has been launched to discover more about a long-dead First World War veteran - following the rediscovery of a trophy named in his honour.
A silver cup, inscribed with the words Arthur Taylor Memorial Trophy, was presented to the Royal British Legion in Osmotherley back in 1950, but has long been unused.
Originally the trophy was for the village darts and domino competition - but those events have long since disappeared, resulting in the trophy simply gathering dust.
But now it has been found a new use, honouring local youngsters, and the RBL are now anxious to find out more about their long-gone benefactor.
Local branch chairman David Black said: “We know that Arthur Taylor was a soldier in the First World War who lived for many years in our village, playing an active part in the community.”
The few details that are known about the former soldier include the fact that he owned a local shop, served as a parish councillor and was actively involved in the establishment of the Cod Beck Reservoir water project.
However, sometime during the 1950s he and his wife moved out of the village and settled across the Moors in Whitby where it is understood they remained for the rest of their lives.
And now the legion has turned to the public in the hope that someone can help them piece together more of Arthur Taylor’s story.
The branch is officially affiliated to Stokesley Army Cadets who in recent years cadets have provided valuable support selling poppies.
At the same time, legion members have provided assistance to the cadets in their activities with the most recent being an annual points competition for which they now wish to present the Arthur Taylor Trophy as the prize.
The competition will operate on an annual basis, with cadets gaining points for commitment in a wide range of military activities - drill, turnout, map reading, field craft and first aid - and also activities promoting citizenship, training and support to their community.
Anyone with information about the late Arthur Taylor should contact David Black on 01609-883198.
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