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George Tabner .     Royal Canadian Air Force 576 Squadron   from Canada)

George Tabner, a very special friend, passed away September 30, 2009. His memorial service took place at 11am on Saturday, October 10th, at the RCAF, 427 London Wing, (2155 Crumlin Side Road, London, Ontario), the Venerable Dr. Timothy Connor, Archdeacon of the Deaneries of Brough and Medway officiating.

I have found this recorded transcript on the Canadian Dominion Institute's Digital Archive site. I think it would be appropriate to include this on your memory site as George was a navigator on 576 Squadron flying out of Lindholme. Listen to George's story




Sgt. S. Tackley .     102 Squadron




Sgt. Stanley Eric Taft .     Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 144 Squadron   from Birmingham)

(d.7th Sep 1941)

Stanley Eric Taft was my uncle who, unfortunately, was a casualty in WW2. He was in 144 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and he died on 7th September 1941 at the age of 20.

He was a Wireless Operator at the time of his death. I understand the aircraft he was in (Hampden I) crashed shortly after take off at Empingham, RAF Woolfox Lodge in Rutland. The four man crew were all killed - other members of crew were, P/O R. J. Roake, Sgt. B. Hemmings and Sgt. E. Horton.

The Bomber Command Losses state that the crash took place at 2055 on the Empingham to Ketton Road, Rutland which was NE of the airfield, some 4 miles WSW of Stamford, Lincolnshire. It appears they were on a bombing run to Berlin. The cause of the crash is unknown, but it I understand it could possibly have been due to overload and the construction of this particular aircraft. Records inform us that the Hampden was later dropped and other more reliable aircraft used for the rest of WW2.




Sgt Kenneth John Tagg. .     RAF 12Sqd. (d.12th Jun 1943)

Bomb Aimer Kenneth Tagg was killed on 12th Jun 1943 in Lancaster ED522 PH-U of 12sqd




WO2 Ernest "Pat" Tague .     British Army Seaforth Highlanders   from South Shields)

(d.22nd Sep 1944)

My namesake Ernest Tague was killed at Nijmegn on the 22nd of Sept 1944, he was was eldest brother of my mother Jenny Tague. My uncle was a regular and also a sportsman winning cups in Hong Kong in 1937 for boxing and also was a good single skulls sportsman. I remember him vividly on his last leave in 1944 when he came to see his mother and I remember how troubled he was at this time as he could not comfort his mother or say what he was doing. He was married to Margaret who lived in London and they had two children Marcus and Bee. I can imagine his feelings as when I packed my sea bags I had no idea when I would be back, difference then was we were in the toughest part of WW2.

He died during operation Market Garden when going to the aid of I believe an American unit that was cut off, it would seem that he and a large number of his company, 7th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders, were killed at Nijmegen and all eventually buried at the war cemetery in Mierlo which I visited a number of times when business took me to Europe, I think I was the only member of the family to ever visit the grave. The telegram that arrived telling my grandmother of his death also killed her inside as she never was the same person again.




Pte John Francis Tague .     British Army 1st Btn. Worcestershire Regiment

M father, Jack Tague was a Private in the 1st Btn. Worcestershire Regiment. The only thing I have about him is a Christmas greeting sent to my mother from camp PG 53 Settore III on 18th December 1942. Also on the greeting is "Military Post PM 3300". He managed to escape and fight with the partisans. If there is anyone out there who could help with any information or photographs I would be grateful.




Frank Tailford .    

I am looking for any information I can find on Frank Tailford. I was told that he was a prisoner of war and was held at Stalag XXb. Does anyone know him?




Able Seaman. Tait .     Royal Navy HMS Forfar

Boxing match onboard HMS Forfar Tait vs Conway

AB. Tait took part in the boxing match on the 10th of July 1940 onboard HMS Forfar, he fought OS. Conway, the match which consisted of three two minute rounds, was drawn.




Dvr. Bernard Tait .     British Army 18th (Canal) Area Signals Royal Signals   from Dalkeith, Midlothian)




P/O Cecil Ralph Tait .     Royal Canadian Air Force air gunner. 419 Sqd. (d.28th Dec 1944)




Sgt. H. Tait .     97 Squadron




F/O. K. W. Tait .     Royal New Zealand Air Force 87 Squadron (d.6th Jul 1941)




Lt. Norman Leslie Mcallum Tait .     British Army Royal Northumberland Fusiliers   from Newcastle upon Tyne)

My grandfather, Norman Tait was imprisoned in Oflag 7B have a case in my loft with the camp address written on the inside of the lid. My grandfather was also a barber in the camp I believe and I have his manual clipper set along with his parade cane and a German haversack with cowhide covering. I remember him telling me a story about leaving the camp and being shot at by an American plane.




Susan Chalmers Tait .     Land Army   from Glasgow)

I served on the Black Isle at Jemimavile Cromarty, working on the land, also in Inverness, and Edinburgh, and back to the Black Isle, some names I remember are, Mary Macpherson, Ella O'Neal, Reena Blair, Eadie Sommerville,and Susan Shields, are you still around would love to know




L/Sgt. Thomas Nealings Tait .     British Army 100th Anti-Tank Regiment Royal Artillery

From what I can find out from bits and pieces my father has told me, Tommy Tait served in the 8th Gordon Highland Battalion, which was converted to the 100th Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery. He was possibly an oc-driver in Burma.

Can anyone help me fill in some or all of the gaps, please?




Henri Tajfel .     French Army

Henri Tajfel volunteered for the French army in 1940 (we think). He was a Polish Jew, living in Paris at the time (known then as Hersz Tajfel). He later became a famous social psychologist whose biography I am writing. In this picture, taken at Stalag XVIIIC, Markt Pongau, Austria, he is second from the right, next to the man in the white shirt. He was also imprisoned in Stalag VIIIA

I would love to hear from any relatives of other prisoners from Stalag XVIIIC, whether French or other nationality, who might have known Henri or who have diaries or other accounts of camp life.




Pte. Charles Henry Talbot .     British Army 9th Battalion, B Company Cameronian (Scottish Rifles)   from Wednesbury, Staffordshire)

Charles Talbot was born 26.4.1926 and joined the army on the 20th of July 1944, training with the Gerneal Service Corps until 13th of September when he joined the East Lancasshire Regiment. On the 27th of February 1945 he was transferred to the 9th Battlion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). On the 21st of March 1946 he transferred to the Wiltshire Regiment then on the 20th of June to the Oxford and Buckinghshire Light Infantry. He was discharged on the 8th of March 1948.




J. Talens .     Civilian   from Dutch East Indies)

During the Second World War I lived in the Dutch East Indies with my parents. My father was segeant engineer on board the cruiser SS Java. He died during the Battle of the Java Sea. My mother, elder brother, younger sister and myself with interned for three and a half years in Japanese internment camps.

After the war the so-called `Bersiap' period started and we were again put in the internment camps for our own protection. We were protected against attacks by the Indonesians, first by the Japanese and later by the British, Sikhs and Gurkhas. On 10th February 1946 were left the last internment camp to return to the Netherlands.




John Tallentire .     Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve   from Newcastle-upon-Tyne)

(d.31st July 1945)

My father, Jack Tallentire was stationed at RAF Tilstock and was a navigator on a Welllington when it crashed at Press Higher Heath on the night of 31st July 1945. All the crew were killed.




Pte. Amon Tambala .     British Army 2nd Btn. King's African Rifles (d.11th October 1943)

Private Tambala was buried in the Lubudi African Cemetery in the Congo, Grave 12.




Pte. Amon Tambala .     British Army 2nd Btn. King's African Rifles (d.11th October 1943)

Amon Tambala was buried in the Lubudi African Cemetery in the Congo, Grave 12.




Able Seaman Frederick William Tancock .     (d.2nd Dec 1940)




Stephen Tanella .     USAAF 367th BS 306 Bomb Group

My father, Stephen Tanella, is a veteran of World War 2 and was stationed at Thurleigh Airforce Base with the 306th Bomb Group, 367th BS. He served as a bombardier on the B-17G named the "Rose of York" as it was dedicated by the then Princess Elizabeth.




Able Sea. James Tanner .     Royal Navy HMS Beryl   from Blackburn, Lancashire)

Jimmy Tanner was my Uncle, one vessel he served in was HMS Beryl (formerly the Lady Adelaide) an armed trawler of 615 tons displacement launched in 1935 and used by the British Navy for anti-submarine training. HMS Beryl had a top speed of 12 knots and was armed with one 4-inch gun and depth charges.

During WW2 one of Beryl's duties was to escort the stricken tanker SS Ohio of Convoy Pedestal into Grand Harbour Malta whilst under attack from German bombers and threats from a submarine and E boats. Captain of the Beryl, Lt Cdr Sellwood was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and several members of the crew were also decorated. The ship was adopted by the Lincolnshire village of Bourne of which Captn Sellwood was a native and is still remembered by them. My brother always described our uncle as the "rear gunner on a trawler"! After the war the Beryl returned to Fleetwood for use as a trawler and re-assumed her original name, only being scrapped in the 1990's so far as I am aware.

One other incident Jimmy was a spectator to was the sinking of the Hood. he was on a ship nearby and those on deck claimed that they saw an aircraft drop a bomb down the funnel of Hood. That was proved not to be the case and it can only be assumed that the aircraft seen was a German spotter aircraft launched by the Bismark.




Sgt. Raymond Anthony "Tiny" Tanner .     British Army King's Royal Rifle Corps   from Streatham, London)

My father was delayed from the D Day landings with Appendicitis and join his unit in France later. He travelled through France, then I believe into Germany ending up crossing the Rhine. There were many stories of the the troops finding food which the Germans had buried and hidden in their gardens. On the night of the victory my father was billeted in a house with some other men. They had placed a blanket over the door so that the door could remain open for ease of access. My father was standing outside the door when a very happy soldier celebrated by pushing open the blanket and firing off some rounds. One of which burnt my father's ear. That is what you call a close shave! He was as white as a sheet upon realising how close he had come to killing my father. My father was responsible for keeping all of the rolling stock rolling. He was never more happy than when he had his head under the bonnet. He drove Sir Anthony Eden when stationed in the UK.




Cpl. Reginald Henry "Bob" Tanner .     British Army Gloucestershire Regiment

My father, Corporal Reginald Henry Tanner, Gloucestershire Regiment, was POW number 1950. I have located a picture of him in the Stalag 9C collection, Photo number 1512. My father is second row from the front 4th from the right. Although he was in this photo I believe he was also held in Stalag 383. I would really like to meet anyone who served with him. I believe his best mate was a chap called Zazoo Pitt or Pitts




Dorothy May "Dolly" Tanser .     Land Army   from Hull, Yorkshire)

My Mum was in the land army and I remember her telling me about the baby mice that would geting her hair and how she would tuck her pants into her socks to stop the mice running up her legs. She is my hero.




Ldg Wren Pamela Annette Tansley .     Womens Royal Naval Service HMS Kestrel   from Regent's Park, London, England.)

(d.7th Jul 1942)




Sgt. D. Tanuziello .     RCAF 101 Sqd.   from )

(d.21st Jun 1944)




Pte. Harry Tapley .     British Army 2/5th Btn. Queens Royal Regiment





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