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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2011 1:06 pm    Post subject: Hubert Stanley Rees Reply with quote

Unfortunately not on this memorial.

(Glasgow Herald 3rd September 1945)
"Rees-
In Hong Kong, probably during 1943, while in Japanese hands, Hubert Stanley, wireless engineer to Hong Kong government, husband of Jean Gregory, Castle Cottage, Tayport, Fife.
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Info from Pembroke County War Memorial.
He served in the Far East with the British Army Aid Group, which was a specialist group, also named MI9, which was created to assist in the escape of Allied POWs from Japanese camps. Hubert was unfortunately caught by the Japanese, and was executed on 29 October 1943 at Hong Kong. He was 43 years old, and is buried at Stanley Military Cemetery, Hong Kong.

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Name: REES, HUBERT STANLEY
Initials: H S
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Volunteer
Regiment/Service: British Army Aid Group
Age: 43
Date of Death: 29/10/1943
Additional information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Henry Rees, of Neyland, Pembrokeshire; husband of Jean Rees, of Tayport, Fife.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: 1. C. Coll. grave 1-11.
Cemetery: STANLEY MILITARY CEMETERY

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From Fife Today: http://www.fifetoday.co.uk/news/local-headlines/tribute_to_local_hero_in_tayport_1_2134994

Tribute to local hero in Tayport

Published on Saturday 25 February 2012 10:06

THE Tayport community will pay tribute to a local hero next week on the first anniversary of his death.

Lance Corporal Liam Tasker’s name is to be added to the town’s war memorial during a re-dedication ceremony on Thursday, March 1.

Liam died on the same date last year at the age of just 26 when he was shot by the Taliban while on patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Also killed was his faithful companion Theo, a spaniel-cross trained to sniff out explosives and bomb-making equipment.

Together the pair had located a record number of devices as part of 1st Military Working Dog Regiment and were credited with saving the lives of countless servicemen.

SPIRITUAL

Next Thursday Liam’s name will be added to the war memorial in Tayport — the town where he grew up and considered his ‘spiritual home’.

The re-dedication proceedings will begin shortly after 12.30pm when the colour party and standard bearers from the local branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland march from the bowling club to Tayport Parish Church, where Liam’s funeral service took place.

A church service will be followed by the re-dedication ceremony at the war memorial opposite the church.

‘The Last Post’ and ‘Reveille’ will be sounded on the bugle, while a piper will play ‘Lament’ and lines from Laurence Binyon’s poem ‘For the Fallen’ will be recited.

After the ceremony refreshments will be available in the Bell Rock Tavern on Dalgleish Street.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The gates have been replaced! I took these pictures during a visit to Tayport yesterday
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Within the memorial garden is this cast plaque
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This marker and silver birch to commemmorate the 50th anniversary of the end of World War 2
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And two benches for each of the world wars
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 5:32 pm    Post subject: John Smith Melville Reply with quote

John Smith Melville Cpl P/1215 Military Mounted Police born Cults, Fife enlisted Tottenham residence Waltham Abbey Age 33 Died of illness At Sea 30-Sep-16 Eldest son of Alexander Melville, Tayport. Husband of Cecil Baptie, Tarland. Husband of Cecil Melville, Cochrane, Alberta. Chatby Memorial, Egypt E 06 ADJ 10-10-16 4/1
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

L/Cpl Liam Tasker's name has been added to his local war memorial

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2012 3:19 pm    Post subject: William Symington MacIlwraith Reply with quote

William Symington MacIlwraith Pnr 289003 Royal Engineers Special Coy F born Elgin 16/01/1885 enlisted Dundee residence Tayport Age 33 Killed in Action F & F 10-Apr-18 Son of William MacIlwraith & Nellie Vint MacIlwraith, 49 Moray St; Elgin. Ed Elgin West End. Roll of Service in the Great War: page 87 : photo. Morayshire Roll of Honour: Page 265: Occ Science Master. Aberdeen University Book of Remembrance. U Coy. City Roll of Honour: Tayport, Fife. Occ: Science Master. Ploegsteert Memorial M. R. 32 Panel 1 Col 6 City Elgin Tayport & West End Primary
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

YOUNG TAYPORT ROYAL SCOT DIES OF WOUNDS.
Mr Andrew Duncan, Inn Street, Tayport, has received official intimation that his son, Private Andrew Duncan, Royal Scots, has died of wounds received in action.
Deceased was only 18 years of age. Previous to enlistment he was an employee of Tayport Spinning Co:
Dundee Courier 25 May 1916
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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2020 2:03 pm    Post subject: John Ferguson, WW1 Reply with quote

TheWW1 name of John Ferguson was added on a separate plaque and the memorial rededicated on 25 September 2019.

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/fife/986141/tayport-soldier-lost-in-first-world-war-finally-added-to-town-memorial/


A Fife First World War soldier has finally been honoured on the memorial in his home town alongside his brothers.
Private John Ferguson is presumed to have fallen under German bombardment in France in 1916.
He is remembered with honour at the Loos Memorial as a soldier without a grave but until recently was not listed among the fallen of the First World War on Tayport War Memorial.
A service was held on Wednesday to rededicate the memorial following the installation of a plaque for the Royal Scots soldier, close to the names of three of his four brothers who also died in action.
It followed research by local woman Jill Lewis, who discovered Pte Ferguson’s omission.
Raymond Hamlyn, president of the Royal British Legion Scotland in Tayport, said the branch ordered the plaque to ensure Pte Ferguson was given the recognition he deserved.
The son of Andrew Ferguson, of Pond Lane, he was born in Dalgety Bay but is believed to have moved to Tayport as a child.
He worked at the James Ferguson foundry in Tay Street until he enlisted in April 1915.
Pte Ferguson’s father died in 1919 leaving only his youngest brother, who was a teenager during the war. His older brothers Robert, William and James also fell in action.
According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Pte Ferguson was killed on May 11 1916 during the Hohenzollern Redoubt.
The 13th Battalion Royal Scots were holding the line near the German stronghold at Auchy-les-Mines when a terrific bombardment opened on their trenches.
Most of the staff were killed or wounded in a direct hit on the HQ dugout.
As the German infantry moved in on the Royal Scots positions the cannonade swelled in fury, according to the records, and trenches and dugouts became a chaos of tumbling earth under the cascade of shells and mortar.
It is presumed Pte Ferguson fell in this action.
Researchers tried to trace any family members still living locally but without success.
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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2020 7:06 pm    Post subject: Liam Tasker Casualty Report Reply with quote

https://www.gov.uk/government/fatalities/lance-corporal-liam-richard-tasker-killed-in-afghanistan

Lance Corporal Tasker deployed to Afghanistan on 8 September 2010 as part of the 1st Military Working Dog Regiment. Having trained as an Arms and Explosives Search dog handler, he was attached to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards on 19 February 2011.
On 1 March 2011, Lance Corporal Tasker was taking part in a patrol with his dog, Theo, when they were engaged by small arms fire, during which Lance Corporal Tasker was struck and died from the injuries he sustained. Sadly, on returning to Camp Bastion, Theo suffered a seizure and died.
Lance Corporal Liam Richard Tasker
Lance Corporal Tasker was born on 11 December 1984 in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland. He joined the Army in 2001 and was originally a vehicle mechanic in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. His passion though was always dogs which led to his transfer to the Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC) in 2007.
A trainer who had a natural empathy with dogs, he was a rising star within the Dog Training Group. In 2010 he was posted to 104 Military Working Dog Squadron, St George’s Barracks, North Luffenham, Rutland, part of the 1st Military Working Dog Regiment.
From the onset of his operational tour in Afghanistan, he provided strong search and clearance capability for units across Helmand province. In a short period of time he had significant success locating improvised explosive devices, weapons and bomb-making equipment. His success undoubtedly saved many lives.
Lance Corporal Tasker was an outgoing, jovial and friendly character. He was extremely popular within his squadron. His easy-going, confident approach belied a consummate professional. He always strived to be the best, and within the squadron he was one of the best. He will be sorely missed by all in the squadron.
He can never be replaced and will always be remembered. He was a fun, friendly, talkative character who always wanted the best from his dog, his troops, and himself.
He leaves behind his mother Jane Duffy, his father Ian Tasker, his brother Ian, his two sisters Laura and Nicola, and his girlfriend Leah.
Lance Corporal Tasker’s family said:
There are three words that best describe Liam, larger than life. He lit up every room he walked into with his cheeky smile. He was the best son, grandson, brother and friend you could ever wish to meet. He died a hero doing a job he was immensely passionate about. We are so proud of him and everything he’s achieved. Words can’t describe how sorely he will be missed. Sleep well Liam, you are forever in our hearts.
His girlfriend Leah Walters said:
LT never met anyone without touching their lives in some way. The amount of support both I and his family have received in the last day alone pays testament to this.
I am the proudest girlfriend there could ever be and there will be an LT-sized hole in my life forever. Sleep well my darling, my soul mate, my best friend.
Lieutenant Colonel David Thorpe, Commanding Officer, 1st Military Working Dog Regiment, said:
It is a challenge to put into words what Lance Corporal Liam Tasker meant to those he worked with. To his friends he was a mate who could put a smile on your face; he was that man who you wanted around and who you wanted to spend time with.
To the 1st Military Working Dog Regiment he was a strong, reliable soldier and an expert ‘Dog Man’. He genuinely loved the dogs he worked with and was always able to get the best out of them. He was one of the highly qualified dog trainers in Afghanistan and had spent time at our training establishment making sure that the new soldiers coming out of training had the best possible skills and experience imparted into them.
Epitomising the hardworking, determined and ambitious nature of our very best soldiers, he wanted to go to Afghanistan. He wanted to ply his trade in the harshest of environments, to be outside of his comfort zone, and he wanted to be successful. He was. The work he did in his five months in Afghanistan saved countless lives, of that I have no doubt. He flew the Royal Army Veterinary Corps’ flag high; he led from the front and made us proud.
Lance Corporal Tasker wanted to go far in the Army and he had all of the attributes needed to be a career soldier, with capacity to spare. His ability to command whilst maintaining his sense of humour had already marked him out as one to watch. His loss has hurt every single one of us today. He will be missed. He will not be forgotten.
My thoughts and condolences and those of the whole regiment go out to his family and friends.
Major Caroline Emmett, Officer Commanding 104 Military Working Dog Squadron, said:
Lance Corporal Liam Tasker was a larger than life character who was a joy to be around. His enthusiasm was infectious and I always enjoyed our frequent talks together. He and his dog Theo were made for each other.
Lance Corporal Tasker was one of the best people I have ever known. Kind, with a good heart, he always put others before himself. His professional excellence and positive attitude to life is something that I and others looked up to.
Lance Corporal Tasker was an Arms Explosive Search dog handler and trainer of the highest calibre. He and his dog had more operational finds than any individual team has had in Afghanistan to date and he saved many lives as a result of this. He was so proud of his achievements and I was so proud of him.
He died a hero, doing a job he loved, and he will be very sadly missed. My thoughts and heartfelt condolences and those of the squadron go out to his family and friends at this sad time. He will always have a place in our hearts and will never be forgotten.
Major Alexander Turner, Officer Commanding No 2 Company, 1st Battalion Irish Guards, said:
Lance Corporal Tasker and his faithful search dog Theo arrived in Number 2 Company to assist us with the hunt for improvised explosive devices - an unseen, arbitrary and lethal threat. The injustice of his passing has devastated us. Lance Corporal Tasker was here to save life, finding explosive devices that kill more farmers than combatants in our area.
A natural with animals, he had an affection for his dog that truly was a window to his soul. His fortitude and zeal for that perilous task was humbling; it imbued us all with confidence. He used to joke that Theo was impossible to restrain but I would say the same about Lance Corporal Tasker.
At the most hazardous phase of an advance, he would be at the point of the spear, badgering to get even further forward and work his dog. He met his fate in just such a situation - leading the way that we might be safe. That selfless generosity will resonate among us long after his passing - and must serve as a beacon to all. Greater love hath no man…
Captain Jay Rowlinson, Second-in-Command, 104 Military Working Dog Squadron, said:
We always looked forward to Lance Corporal Tasker returning from tasking. He would come and brief on his task and how he provided significant assurance to the teams he was working with. He was always hugely animated when he was talking about his dog and the finds that they had whilst forward.
A fun character but professional in every way, I have never seen such dedication in a search handler. Extremely popular, with an innate ability to make all around him feel at ease, it is difficult to place into words how much we will miss him.
Warrant Officer Class 2 Adrian Davies, Sergeant Major, 104 Military Working Dog (MWD) Squadron, said:
I first met Lance Corporal Liam Tasker in 2007 just after he had transferred into the RAVC. Even then he was a confident individual as he proved on more than one occasion on the rugby pitch, shame the same could not be said in the bar afterwards.
Liam was posted to 104 MWD Squadron just as we started pre-deployment training. Despite being new to the squadron his natural talent and enthusiasm as a dog handler shone through. In barracks or on operations, Liam soon found himself as my ‘go to’ man; if I needed something doing he was there, unless the squadron was on physical training.
Liam excelled on operations, and with his dog, Theo, proved to be an exceptionally strong search team. The amount of devices and arms uncovered by the team whilst on tour has undoubtedly saved many lives. Liam was well aware of the risks that his job entailed, searching for enemy weapons and IEDs. He loved his job as an Arms Explosive Search dog handler, and, in the end, paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Liam can never be replaced both in the squadron and regiment. What he managed to achieve on this tour is unlikely to ever be surpassed.
My heartfelt sympathies go out to Liam’s family and friends and as the squadron grieves I know that it is nothing compared to his family. Liam RIP.
Sergeant Matt Jones RAVC, Training Sergeant 104 Military Working Dog Squadron, said:
Lance Corporal Liam Tasker came to 104 Military Working Dog Squadron as we started our pre-deployment training. He quickly showed an abundance of enthusiasm for the job in hand, and a love for training and handling dogs.
A gifted and well motivated soldier, Liam displayed all the qualities of an outstanding RAVC soldier both in barracks and on operations. Liam, a veteran of many searches before had undoubtedly saved lives with his Arms Explosive Search dog, Theo. He died doing what he did best; saving lives, denying the insurgents of their IEDs and weapons and letting everyone know this.
A talented rugby player and passionate man, Liam will leave us with a massive void that will not ever be filled or replaced. Rest easy bud.
Corporal Roy Brown, RAF Police, said:
Lance Corporal Liam Tasker was an inspiration to us and all who met him. From the youngest soldier, to the ageing Airman, you could not help but be impressed by his constant drive to get things done. He was a man to be relied upon. He was never afraid to speak his mind, but never lacked respect for those around him.
He was an exceptional dog trainer, who showed natural talent from the beginning of his RAVC career, of which he was incredibly proud. We should all learn from this man - his ambition, his drive and his sense of pride. A good friend and colleague, he will be greatly missed.
Lance Corporal Natasha Mooney, RAVC, said:
Liam Tasker was a larger than life character and will be sorely missed. He was an outstanding dog trainer and an even better handler. Theo truly was man’s best friend and they rest in peace together.
Private Steve Smith, RAVC, said:
Many things come to me when I think of Lance Corporal Liam Tasker. He was always there when anyone needed help. One of the easiest blokes to talk to, very professional in all he did, although he took everything he did very seriously. He was one of the boys, a true friend to me in the short time I knew him.
You will never be forgotten my friend BLT. Rest in peace brother.
Private Monique Reynolds, RAVC, said:
Lance Corporal Liam Tasker was a big part of our unit. He was an amazing dog man and he inspired a lot of other dog handlers. Theo and LCpl Tasker did a brave job together in Afghanistan and he saved a lot of lives. I’ll miss his laugh and banter, especially when it was about himself.
Liam, you will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace.
Private Andrew Duffy, RAVC, said:
Lance Corporal Liam Tasker was always fun to be around. You were always keen to work the dogs and you were going to be chief dog trainer. You taught me a lot mate, I’m going to miss you Liam. I can’t believe you are gone.
Private Alex Day RAVC, said:
Lance Corporal Liam Tasker, I only knew you for a short time, but from this I can say, you loved your work from the little tasks to the biggest of tasks. You always made us laugh with your larger than life humour, and most of all how much you taught us. There is a big part of us missing now and we will always remember you forever mate.
Private Rosie Jones, RAVC, said:
Liam, it was a privilege to have known you. I hope you are looking down at us, when we are working our dogs. You helped me and Private Kirton so much with our dogs. You were going to be the Chief Trainer, we joked about. But I believed that you would have made a great one. All our love to you.
Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox said:
I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Lance Corporal Liam Tasker. From the accounts made by his military colleagues and his family, it is clear that he was a dedicated and highly capable soldier whose skills in handling dogs were second-to-none. He and his dog Theo had saved many lives and we will be eternally grateful for this. My thoughts are with his family and friends at the tragic time.
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