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Ernest William Tacon

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ernest William AWMM
  • Surname
    Tacon AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • William AWMM
    • Bill AWMM
    • Deadeye AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ36196 AWMM
    • WWII 401787 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    6 December 1917 AWMM NapierHawkes Bay AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    1938 AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2
      Texel, Holland AWMM
      12 September 1944 AWMM
      Plane destroyed by flak, he parachuted down onto the island of Texel and was captured AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Stalag Luft I, Barth, Germany AWMM
      The Netherlands (Holland), Europe AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    WW2 Russians, who allowed the POWs to be flown home in an American aircraft AWMM
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Clare and later of Bernadine

    Intially attached to RAF then transferred permanently in 1946

    Coastal Command pilot during the war AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    9 September 2003 AWMM
    Age 85 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Obituary: The Times, 19 September 2003 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name

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  • I am a staff member of Hastings Boys' High School, and the Archivist for the Old Boys' Association. I need to make contact with relatives of Ernest William (Bill) Tacon. We are interested in making Bill a member of our Wall of Fame of Old Boys of our school. We would love to have a/some representatives of his family at the ceremony (possibly September 2020). If you are related to Bill, or know of someone who is, please contact me at [email protected]. Thank you in advance!
    Public - Alistair - Researcher - 25 February 2020
  • Thank you Uncle Bill for your contributions to our freedom and enjoyment of life
    Public - Leslie Anne - Other Relative - 21 April 2015



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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
25 February 2020AlistairHastings, New ZealandResearcher
21 April 2015Leslie AnneAuckland New ZealandOther Relative

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