James TARRANT

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TARRANT, James

Service Number: 549
Enlisted: 31 July 1918
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 30th Infantry Battalion
Born: Adamstown, New South Wales, Australia, 13 April 1890
Home Town: Morisset, Lake Macquarie Shire, New South Wales
Schooling: Fullerton Cove Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Fisherman
Died: Multiple SW, Bellecourt, France, 29 September 1918, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Bellicourt British Cemetery
Bellicourt British Cemetery (Plot II, Row A, Grave No. 5), France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

9 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, SN 549, 30th Infantry Battalion
9 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, SN 549, 30th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Beltana, Sydney
20 Jul 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 549, 30th Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix), GSW right thigh
2 Feb 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 549, 30th Infantry Battalion, GSW chin, right testicle and fractured right clavicle
29 Sep 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 549, 30th Infantry Battalion, Polygon Wood, Stayed on duty
31 Jul 1918: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 549, 30th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery
 
Awaiting memorialisation at Sandgate Cemetery.

102 years ago today, on the 29th September 1918, Private James Tarrant, 30th Battalion (Reg No-549), fisherman and orchardist from Mosquito Island, New South Wales, was killed in action at Bellicourt, Northern France, age 28.

Born at Adamstown, New South Wales on the 13th April 1890 to Thomas (died 1893, possibly buried Stockton Cemetery) and Martha (died 1940) Tarrant, remarried to Edwin John Banger, of Fullerton Cove, New South Wales and Dora Creek, N.S.W. and "Bonnie Glen", Martinsville, N.S.W., James enlisted July 1915 at Newcastle, N.S.W.

Admitted to hospital 6.2.1916 with mumps, 13.11.1917 influenza and anaemia, and wounded in action - 20.7.1916 (GSW right thigh, mild, Battle of Fromelles), 2.2.1917 (GSW chin, right testicle and fractured right clavicle), 29.9.1917 (not stated, remained on duty), Mr Tarrant is resting at Bellicourt British Cemetery, France. Plot II Row A Grave 5.

James’s name has been inscribed on the Mosquito Island Roll of Honour (unveiled on the 25th May 1918, 18 names inscribed, 7 indicated as fallen, whereabouts unknown and the Book of Gold.

There is no headstone for James’s mother Martha, therefore no memorial inscription to tell us of the supreme sacrifice of her son during The Great War, so December 2019 I placed a memorial cross adorned with poppies on the gravesite, taken a photo of the memorialised grave and uploaded the photo onto the Northern Cemetery website as a permanent record of his service. ANGLICAN 2-115. 31.

Lest We Forget.

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