Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: July 04, 2018
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Miss Taylor was one of the first women appointed by the Plymouth Borough Watch Committee as police officers.

Isabel Frances Taylor was born in Reigate, Surrey, on September 6th 1885.  She remained unmarried throughout her life.  During the Great War she had served as a police officer in Government munitions factories and had done patrol duties at Holyhead, north Wales.

She was appointed to the Plymouth Borough Police Force on June 18th 1919 as the only Woman Police Constable under Woman Police Inspector Awdrey Josephine Canney (1884-1955).  They were introduced to the Plymouth Magistrates on June 30th 1919, before commencing their duties.

It is not as yet known when she retired but by 1939 she was living at Tremodock, Mount Pleasant, Launceston, Cornwall, with her older brother, Mr Ernest Edwin Taylor, who was born in Croydon, Surrey, on April 3rd 1881.

Miss Isabel Frances Taylor died at Launceston, Cornwall, in 1953 at the age of 68 years.