Albert Frederick Taylor married Emma Senior on August 4th 1909 at Goole. The Goole Times newspaper report of their golden wedding in 1959 follows:
GOOLE COUPLE HAD 18 CHILDREN
GOLDEN WEDDING OF MR AND MRS TAYLOR
Celebrating their golden wedding next Tuesday, and looking back on a life together which brought them 18 children will be a well known old Goole couple Mr and Mrs Albert Frederick Taylor of 69 Don Street.
They were married at Goole Parish Church on August 4th 1909 by the late Rev Canon Carr. Mr Taylor holds the unenviable distinction of having been shipwrecked in both world wars during a sea going career which extended for almost 50 years.
Aged 73 he was born at Trimley, Ipswich - one of a family of nine all of whom are still alive. At the age of 11 he left school and served as a cabin boy aboard a sea going barge plying between east coast and continental ports. He eventually became a mate on several barges before moving to Goole on 1907 to begin a career in steam. He served with several local shipping companies aboard such vessels as the Colwith Force and the original Dearne.
During the First World War Mr Taylor was a member og the crew of the Bennett Steam Ship Company's Burma when she hit a mine and sank off Harwich with the loss of seven lives. Despite a severe arm injury, which later necessitated a month's hospital treatment he helped to pull several other survivors aboard one of the ship's boats.
After the war he continued to sail from Humber ports as second engineer, chief engineer and second mate on several vessels including the Kalua, in which he served for fifteen years.
Mr Taylor`s second ship wreck was experienced in the last war when he was serving as second engineer in the Igthan. About 20 miles out from Spurn Point (I was having breakfast at the time recalls Mr Taylor) she struck a mine and sank but no lives were lost.
After giving up the sea about ten years ago Mr Taylor worked for the Goole Shipbuilding and Repairing Company Ltd, for the River Ouse Catchment Board and at Scunthorpe before retiring completely two years ago.
At the age of 73 Mrs Taylor is a native of Goole. Formerly Miss Emma Senior she was the daughter of the late George Senior, a barge captain sailing mainly on the Goole Leeds canal, and as a girl she attended St John's Church school.
Mr and Mrs Taylor both of whom enjoy good health lived for many years in Wesley Square before moving to their present address about 15 years ago. They had 18 children, six of whom (two sons and four daughters) are still living.
The couple intend to celebrate the occasion with a family gathering at their home on the day of the anniversary.