Sgt Wayne Taylor, RNZIR, or Tails as he was more commonly known passed away during a maritime counter-terrorism training exercise on 13 Oct 2017.
Tayls joined the Army Reserve in 1993 – joining the Regular Force in October 1997. Tayls served in East Timor and Afghanistan, and was awarded the NZDSM (TF), East Timor Medal, UNTAET – East Timor, NZOSM, NZGSM, NZDSM (RF) and NATO ISAF (Afghanistan) medals.
Many of the Regiment, both RNZIR and NZSAS, will remember him as an outstanding soldier, leader, father, family man, and friend to many, as well as being an all round top bloke. He was a consummate professional, who was known for his dedication and reliability – always upholding our core values in every endeavour.
Tails is survived by his wife and their four children.
“I know that his family, friends and workmates will be keenly feeling the loss of a husband, father and friend. My thoughts are with them all over the coming days and weeks,” said Maj Gen Peter Kelly.