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Rex Brooke-Taylor

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    Rex AWMM
  • Surname
    Brooke-Taylor AWMM
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    • NZ439002 AWMM
    • WWII 439002 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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    Air Force AWMM
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    • NZ439002 AWMM
    • WWII 439002 AWMM
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    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

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    • Sergeant Brooke-Taylor was the son of Roydon and Ida Winifrid Brooke-Taylor of Wellington. Husband of Olive Clarence Brooke-Taylor of Wellington.

      His brother 41251 Pilot Officer Keith Brooke-Taylor, Royal Air Force, died while flying on active duty on 7 April 1940.

      Sergeant Brooke-Taylor was flying in Oxford I R6226 on a triangular cross country flight, with Leading Aircraftman T.A.H. Alexander in control as student pilot. At 0745 R6226 lost height at 100 feet, then carried out a steep left hand turn at high speed before cutting through power lines and a two story wooden house on the property of Mr C M Kebbell's, near Ashurst, at the entrance to the Manawatu Gorge. The severely damaged Oxford finally came to a stop100-150 yards further on from the dwelling. The airmen were both killed, but the occupants of the house escaped injury. AWMM
    • Rex Brooke-Taylor birthdate is: 16th October 1915 Public - Rex - Child - 2 October 2018 - Family papers.
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About death

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  • Death
    30 December 1940 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    OhakeaManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
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    Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM Grave 21 A/3 (S) AWMM
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02 October 2018RexBlenheim New ZealandChild
04 October 2016MichaelWellington, New ZealandResearcher
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