100-year-old WWII veteran, Eric Taylor BEM, has passed away

The Taxi Charity was saddened to hear that WWII veteran Eric Alexander Taylor BEM from Helston in Cornwall passed away on 21 February

Eric Taylor BEM, the last survivor of the 7th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment, who were part of the 51st (Highland) Division's retreat to St Valery in June 1940, has died.

Eric, who was originally from Kings Lynn and who celebrated his 100th birthday last June, sadly passed away on 21 February. He was taken POW when the Highland Division had to surrender and spent the rest of his war in Poland.

After the war, Eric met the cousin of a friend, Florrie, a Cornish lass, and they married, and settled in Cornwall where Eric played the trumpet in the St Keverne Brass Band, an association that was to last nearly 70 years. In 1982 they moved to Helston and sadly Florrie passed away in 2003.

Dick Goodwin, vice president of the Taxi Charity, said: "Eric returned to St Valery for the 70th anniversary and joined the Taxi Charity on our 2012 trip to commemorate the liberation of the Netherlands. Eric was one of life's characters and wonderful company. The Taxi Charity was looking forward to take Eric back to St Valery in 2020 for the 80th anniversary but due to Covid restrictions this was not to be."<