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Allan Leicester Taylor

Bourail Memorial panels 3rd from left Panel 3 - This image may be subject to copyright

Bourail Memorial panels 3rd from left Panel 3 - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Allan Leicester AWMM
  • Surname
    Taylor AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 297352 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 care of Awarua Radio, Private Bag, Invercargill AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 297352 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Radio operator/Civilian Ballot List
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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  • Embarkation details

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    Kiribati, Micronesia AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed or died while a Prisoner of War, Cause of Death AWMM
    Executed by Japanese whilst a prisoner of war AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

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  • Son of William Charles Taylor and of Caroline Taylor (nee Hay), of Waimate, Canterbury, New Zealand.

    "The same day (26 September 1942) three (Japanese) warships visited Beru (Island) where the two operators, Lieutenant A.L. Taylor and Corporal T.C. Murray, sent their final message: "Three enemy warships, Good Luck", before destroying their equipment and fleeing into the jungle, hoping to escape later by canoe or launch. Because of Japanese threats of revenge on the natives these two men gave themselves up on 3 October, to suffer further pain of ill treatment from their captors.The fate of these men (Japanese P.O.W.'s) was unknown until the islands were recaptured at great cost by an American landing force on 20 November 1943. Then it was learned that when an American machine from an aircraftcarrier bombed Tarawa on 15 October 1942, the seventeen New Zealanders and five European civilians were killed and their bodies thrown into a pit. Not all the details were revealed until a Court of Enquiry was established on 16 October 1944, and evidence collected from the available witnesses. All of them confirmed the brutal execution of the New Zealand soldiers and operators." - Official History of New Zealand in the Second World war. "The Pacific" by O.A. Gillespie, 1952, pp. 234 and 235. AWMM
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About death

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  • Memorial name
    • Bourail Memorial, Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery, New Caledonia AWMM
    • Tarawa Coastwatchers Memorial AWMM
    • Musick Memorial Radio Station, Bucklands Beach: Coastwatchers roll of honour AWMM

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      "Tarawa Outrage, Massacre by Japanese", N.Z. Herald, 23 Oct 1944 (copy of article in ACF27569) AWMM
    • New Zealand, World War II Ballot Lists, 1940–1945. [Extracted from the New Zealand Gazette.] CD-ROM. Ravensbourne, Dunedin, New Zealand: Colonial CD Books, n.d. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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