Tarrant, Lieutenant Francis Joseph

No 3 Sqn AFC

Francis Tarrant was born in Melbourne on 12 October 1895. He worked as a Tailor’s Cutter, and was serving in the AMF Artillery, when he joined the 4th Field Artillery Brigade in Melbourne on 23 September 1915. The medical notes on his enlistment form indicate that he had a bullet wound scar on his left leg. He left from Melbourne on HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 18 November. After a stopover in Egypt, he moved to the Western Front, where he was promoted to acting Battery Sergeant Major before he transferred to the AFC for observer training in April 1917. Having graduated as an observer, he was commissioned in June and promoted to Lieutenant in September, the month after he was posted to No 69 (Australian) Sqn in France.

He was killed in action over Wyschaete on 17 February 1918 while flying in RE8 C5043, flown by Lt H Streeter, who was also killed.

Lt F J Tarrant is buried in Grave III F 53 at Ballieul (Extension) Cemetery, France.

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