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Ronald Ian Tanner

Portrait, Ronald Ian Tanner, seated - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Ronald Ian Tanner, seated - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ronald Ian AWMM
  • Surname
    Tanner AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Ron AWMM
    • Wallid AWMM
  • Service number
    282850 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    31 January 1920 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 1 October 1940 AWMM Tennessee Avenue, Mangere East, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs M. Tanner (mother), Tennessee Avenue, Mangere East, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1 October 1942 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • North Africa AWMM
    • Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    282850 AWMM
  • Military service
    3rd Auckland Battalion Territorials AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • M.M.G. Vickers training AWMM
    • Infantry school AWMM
    • NCO School AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Oct 1940 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    Photo engraver/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 6 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      11 stone 7 pounds AWMM
    • Classification, Unknown Period AWMM
      100 percent fit AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Spinal Injury AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Hand Wound AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Head Wound AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Shrapnel Splinters in Left Rib AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Ronald Tanner was the son of Mabel Ellen Tanner and Ernest Charles Edwin Tanner (3/214)

    Husband of Remy; father of Kathy, Maxien, Ronda, Twyla, Dale

    Ron Tanner says he was cited for the DCM but that his record was destroyed by the Company Commander. The Company Commander claimed his own medal, the Military Cross.

    He wrote The Trigger and the Finger, a biography. Both his father and mother (Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service) served in WW1

    The service was held at Silverdale and Districts RSA

    Cenotaph record initially prepared with the serviceman in 1999 AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    14 November 2009 AWMM
    Age 89 AWMM
    TakapunaNorth Shore City AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated at North Shore Memorial Park and Crematorium (Schnapper Rock), Albany, North Shore City, New Zealand AWMM Ashes Reserve Plot 25 November 2009 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 14 November 2009 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name

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  • Love you dad
    Thank you for blessing my life
    All our memories Special times
    Only we know.... Kaf xxxx
    Public - Kathy - Child - 24 October 2018



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 9 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1942 to 31st December, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 9: WW2 388 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 14 November 2009 AWMM
    • Tanner, R. (2006). The Trigger and the Finger. Whangaparaoa, N.Z.: The Author. AWMM
    • Mangere Historical Society: This record was kindly researched by the Mangere Historical Society. AWMM
    • Kay, R. (1958). 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
24 October 2018KathyGold Coast Qld AustraliaChild

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