LEST WE FORGET

Lieutenant Francis Joseph TARRANT

Service No: 7014
Born: Carlton VIC, 12 October 1895
Enlisted in the Army: 23 September 1915
Unit: No. 3 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
Died: Air Operations, France, 17 February 1918, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord), Lille, Nord Pas de Calais, France
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Francis John and Amelia Julia Tarrant, of 182, Page St., Middle Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Born at Clifton Hill, Victoria
Place of Association: Clifton Hill VIC
Remembered: Panel 188, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Lieutenants H. Streeter and F. J. Tarrant, while ranging a heavy battery, suddenly fell to pieces in the air over the lines near Wytschaete.  There was no anti-aircraft fire at the time, and no hostile aeroplane to be seen, and the presumption was that the R.E.8 (1) was hit by a British shell in flight.

Extract from Cutlack, F.M. (Frederic Morley) The Australian Flying Corps in the Western and Eastern Theatres of War 1914-8, Angus and Robertson Ltd Sydney, 1941 – Page 210

Two hours later, an aircraft (2) flown by Lieutenant Charles Henry Martin, No. 4 Squadron AFC, was also believed hit by a shell in flight.

(1) RE8 aircraft C5043
(2) Sopwith Camel aircraft B5207

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record B2455, TARRANT FRANCIS JOSEPH
National Archives UK RAF Casualty Book AIR 1/970 page 13, 278173

Bibliography:

Muller, P. (Peter) and Hutchinson, J. (John) Secrets Revealed: a brief history of No. 3 Squadron RAAF, Lutheran Publishing House Adelaide SA 5000, 1991
Wrigley, H.N. (Henry Neilsen) (6) The Battle Below: Being the history of No. 3 Squadron AFC, Errol G. Knox Sydney NSW, 1935

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