TANGYE, John E "Ted"

Display Number:  1309  
Name:  Tangye  John Edward (Ted)
Rank:  Able Seaman Service Number:  8629
Date Joined:  3 November 1943 Date Discharged:  

Ted Tangye was born 12 March 1925 in Nelson, New Zealand. He joined the Royal Navy in 1943 as an Ordinary Seaman, attaining the rank of Able Seaman in November 1944. After basic training he was shipped to Britain and posted to HMS ISIS, working as an Oerlikon gunner. On 20 July 1944 ISIS hit a mine and sunk off the coast of Normandy. Tangye was one of only 20 men who survived the sinking (and one of only two New Zealand survivors from the twelve on board).

Tangye served in England for the remainder of the war without seeing further action. He later wrote a book about the ordeal titled Just Ordinary Seamen.  Tangye died in 2009 aged 84.


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  • French Legion d'Honneur