The son of English parents, Peter E. and Esther A. Taylor, Edgar Taylor, from Central Falls, Rhode Island, joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1917 and was posted to 79 Squadron in April 1918. A Sopwith Dolphin pilot, he served with fellow American aces Francis Gillet and Frederick Lord. In August 1918, Taylor was credited with one Fokker D.VII followed by four German balloons. Killed in action on 24 August 1918, he was shot down by ground fire as he attacked and destroyed his fourth balloon.
Relatives believe Taylor's log, letters and diary are held by the Imperial War Museum. These materials were complied into a book entitled Itís a Long Way to Camas Meadows.
The Pawtucket Times, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Thursday, 29 August 1918, page 8