Biography

Birth date: 29 September 1900
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Seymour
Final rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Service number: VX47925 - Second World War, 1939-1945

Rolls and Awards

Collection Items

Photograph

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TOBRUK, LIBYA. 1941-05-29. VX47925 MAJOR H. MCK. TASKER (LEFT) AND NX70393 LIEUTENANT J.S. CUMPSTON (RIGHT) NEAR ONE OF THE STORES IN THE 26TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BRIGADE AREA.

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ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT. 1941-06. A VIEW OF THE WATERFRONT. VX47925 MAJOR HENRY MCKEAN (HARRY) TASKER, 26TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY TRAINING BATTALION, CAN BE SEEN SEATED ON THE PARAPET.

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AUSTRALIAN TROOPS BEING PESTERED BY THE INEVITABLE STREET HAWKERS. SHOWN ARE, LEFT TO RIGHT:- PRIVATE G. HARRIS (LEFT); VX47925 MAJOR HENRY MCKEAN (HARRY) TASKER, 26TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY TRAINING BATTALION.

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MUGHAZI, PALESTINE. 1941-03 TO 1941-06. NX70393 LIEUTENANT J.S. CUMPSTON (RIGHT) WITH THE COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE 26TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY TRAINING BATTALION, VX47925 MAJOR HENRY MCKEAN (HARRY) TASKER.

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THE UNIDENTIFIED COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE 23RD AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY TRAINING BATTALION WITH THE COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE 26TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY TRAINING BATTALION, VX47925 MAJOR HENRY MCKEAN (HARRY) TASKER (RIGHT).

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P00237.041

PALESTINE, 1941. FROM LEFT: MAC DENNET; VX47925 MAJOR HENRY MCKEAN (HARRY) TASKER, OFFICER COMMANDING THE 26TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY TRAINING BATTALION; LIEUTENANT JOHN S. ROSEL. ALL FROM THE 26TH AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY TRAINING BATTALION, AIF.

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P00237.050

VX47925 Major Henry McKean (Harry) Tasker, Officer Commanding the 26th Australian Infantry Training Battalion, is pictured here with a doll bought by John Rosel for Major Tasker's daughter Celia.

P00237.050

P02919.001

Ingleburn, NSW. June 1945. Informal group portrait of Officers of Detachment 1B, British Borneo Civil Affairs Unit (BBCAU). Identified are, left to right, back row: NX102514 Major (Maj) Richard Kennedy (Ken) Fullford, Maj Doug J. Nettlefold, Captain (Capt) John Drayton, Capt Ken Yorke, VX47925...

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P02919.009

Borneo. 18 October 1945. VX47925 Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Harry McK. Tasker MBE, Commanding Officer Sandakan Detachment, British Borneo Civil Affairs Unit (BBCAU) (left), speaking with the Former Japanese civilian governor of Sandakan, who is wearing an eye patch, and Lt Col John England ED...

P02919.009

P05783.001

Outdoor portrait of Celia Tasker with a doll, Mimi, which was a gift bought in the Middle East by VX48603 Lieutenant (later Captain) John Rosel MC. Celia's father was VX47925 Major (later Lieutenant Colonel) Henry McKean (Harry) Tasker, Officer Commanding the 26th Australian Infantry Training...

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Film

Lieutenant Colonel Harry Tasker's home movies 1941-1951

Lieutenant Colonel Harry Tasker's home movies 1941-1951

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Timeline

Date of birth 1900-09-29
Date and unit at enlinstment (ORs) 1919
Other units 1920 Gunner wiht 105 Battery.
Date commissioned 1924-12-02
Other units 1924-12-02 Lieutenant with 54th Battalion.
Date promoted 1927-12-14 Appointed captain.
Other 1929-07-01 Placed on the unattached list.
Other 1934-07-01 Reserve of Officers.
Other 1937-04-22 Placed on the unattached list.
Other units 1939-12-18 37th Battalion.
Other units 1939-12-18 Seconded Intelligence Officer, Headquarters 10th Brigade.
Other units 1940-04-21 General service officer grade 3 Headquarters 3rd Division.
Date promoted 1940-05-08 Temporary brigade major.
Other units 1940-07-01 Seconded as major to 2/24th Battalion.
Date promoted 1940-09-26 Appointed major.
Other 1940-12-17 Arrived Middle East.
Other 1941-02-23 Seconded brigade major (staff learner) 26th Brigade.
Other units 1941-06-04 - 1941-12-29 Commanding officer 26th AITB.
Date returned to Australia 1942-08-07 Returned to Melbourne.
Other units 1942-09-18 - 1943-07-22 Temporary lieutenant colonel, and commanding officer 47th Battalion.
Other 1942-12-20 Course - anti tank & artillery.
Other 1943-01-24 Arrived New Guinea.
Other 1943-03-29 Course - 5th Division Special Course.
Other units 1943-04-27 - 1943-06-09 Attached Headquarters Company.
Other 1943-07-22 Relinquished command 47th Battalion.
Other units 1943-07-22 Commanding officer Milne Bay Base Sub Area.
Date returned to Australia 1943-08-30 Returned to Townsville.
Other 1943-09-16 Arrived Milne Bay.
Date returned to Australia 1943-09-27 Returned to Townsville.
Date promoted 1944-03-16 Appointed lieutenant colonel.
Date returned to Australia 1945-05
Other 1945-07-22 Arrived Morotai.
Other 1945-07-24 Arrived Labuan.
Other 1946-07-16 Reserve of Officers.