- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Probationary Temporary Sub-Lieutenant
- Enemy Mines Section, H.M.S. Vernon, Royal Navy
- Awarded on:
- January 14th, 1941
"At one occasion when a parachute mine could not be immediately rendered safe at a cross-roads in a built-up area of Birmingham. However, as he was deciding what to do next, he learnt that a colleague, Lieutenant Rowson, had decided to tackle it. Initially, Rowson had started the bomb fuse ticking and had run for his life. But when nothing happened he, this time with Taylor, went to have another go, armed with spanners and other tools. When Rowson added to their problems by dislocating his thumb, the two men opted to detonate the bomb where it lay."