Tributes paid to brave ex-soldier

Stan Taylor during his National Service in Malaya in the 1950s
Stan Taylor during his National Service in Malaya in the 1950s

A BRAVE soldier who survived of a terrorist attack nearly 60 years ago has died at the age of 77.

Stan Taylor, of Windhill Road Eastmoor, died peacefully on December 3 after a short illness.

He was only 19 when he lost a leg in an ambush while performing his National Service in Malaya in 1955.

The dad-of-four went on to work as a window cleaner in the well known Taylor brothers’ firm despite his injury and also enjoyed a career with Slazenger Sports in Horbury and as a caretaker at his old school, St Austin’s on Back Duke of York Street.

Even after he retired Mr Taylor did voluntary work for the British Limbless ex Servicemen Association which saw him visit and deliver parcels to war widows.

Wife Jean Taylor, 78, said: “That was his life - to overcome his handicap.”

She said he never travelled on a bus when he was on crutches because he didn’t want people to give their seat up for him. Instead he would walk on crutches down the street.

Mrs Taylor added: “I know it was a burden to him. He didn’t ever let anybody know. He helped and provided for a wife and four children. He was very much a working man.”

“We had a lovely life together and have a lovely family. We’ve had 13 grandchildren and have five great grandchildren.”

The couple celebrated 55 years of marriage last month.

Granddaughter Marie Lake said: “He was loving and caring and everybody loved him.”

Mr Taylor is survived by his wife, four children, 12 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. His funeral was held at Wakefield Crematorium on Wednesday.