Orry Charles Hughes FARRANT

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FARRANT, Orry Charles Hughes

Service Number: 22254
Enlisted: 7 February 1916, 4 yrs Senior cadets, 6 mths 58th infantry, Citizen Forces.
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 7th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Newmarket Victoria, Australia, December 1897
Home Town: Essendon, Moonee Valley, Victoria
Schooling: Essendon State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in Action , Belgium, 9 October 1917
Cemetery: Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No.3
Plot II, Row L, Grave 1
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Essendon State School No 483 Roll of Honor, Pakenham Associated Stock & Station Agents of Melbourne Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

7 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 22254, 23rd Field Artillery (Howitzer) Brigade, 4 yrs Senior cadets, 6 mths 58th infantry, Citizen Forces.
20 May 1916: Involvement Gunner, SN 22254, 23rd Field Artillery (Howitzer) Brigade, Third Ypres
20 May 1916: Embarked Gunner, SN 22254, 23rd Field Artillery (Howitzer) Brigade, HMAT Medic, Melbourne
12 Jan 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Gunner, 7th Field Artillery Brigade
9 Oct 1917: Involvement SN 22254, Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From How We Served

The private commemoration for;- 22254 Acting Bombardier Orry Charles Hughes Farrant of Essendon, Victoria who had been employed as a clerk prior to his enlistment for War Service, at the age of 18, on the 15th of January 1916. Having been accepted for duty with the 1st AIF Orry was allocated to the 23rd Field Artillery Brigade 1st AIF.

Orry was embarked for England and further training on the 20th of May and was shipped over to France on the 31st of December. Following his arrival in France he was transferred over to the 7th Field Artillery Brigade, and his service with this Unit was continuous until his Unit was moved to Belgium during the Third Battle of Ypres. Orry was killed in action by German shellfire on the 9th of October 1917 in the vicinity of the Zonnebeke Road.

Acting Bombardier Farrant’s body was formally recovered for burial and he now lies within Brandhoek New Military Cemetery near Vlameringhe, Belgium.
Back in Australia, Orry’s grieving family had his supreme sacrifice made during the ‘Great War’ privately commemorated at the Farrant family’s collective burial site within Melbourne General Cemetery, Victoria

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