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Richard TANNER

Regimental number430
Date of birth1870
Place of birthCarlton, Melbourne, ,Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationCaterer
AddressGoondiwindi, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation45
Height5' 9.5"
Weight165 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Margaret Gloss Tanner, Goondiwindi, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed in the Permanent Artillery, Brisbane, Queensland.
Enlistment date9 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
Two ships left from Melbourne carrying the 31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D: HMAT A62, 'Wandilla', on 9 November 1915 and HMAT A41, 'Bakara', on 5 November 1915. It is not possible from the Embarkation Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
Two ships left from Melbourne carrying the 31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D: HMAT A62, 'Wandilla', on 9 November 1915 and HMAT A41, 'Bakara', on 5 November 1915. It is not possible from the Embarkation Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Age at death46
Age at death from cemetery records45
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 4), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
118
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Richard and Margaret TANNER; husband of Margaret G. TANNER, Redcliffe, Queensland. Native of Carlton, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, ex-HMT 'Wandilla', 7 December 1915.

Found guilty 20 March 1916, of drunkness at Tel el Kebir, 20 March 1916: fined 2/6 by Captain R. P. Blundell.

Embarked Alexandria to the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Admitted to No 8 Field Ambulance, 4 July 1916 (gastro-enteritis); transferred to No 12 Casualty Clearing Station; discharged to, and rejoined unit, 13 July 1916.

Wounded in action, 19 July 1916.

Previous report of wounded now, 26 August 1916, to be reported as 'Wounded and Missing, 19 July 1916'.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 1 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Handwritten note on B.103: 'Buried at Fleurbaix, Sh.36 N.W.

Statement, Red Cross File No 2690402, 424 Sergeant A.E. SPILLING, B Company, 31st Bn, 16 November 1916: 'He was taken prisoner at Fleurbaix on July 19th. A statement appeared in Battalion orders some time ago to this effect.'

Second statement, 412 Pte T. McBRYDE, 31st Bn, 27 February 1917: 'I knew him very well, he is an old Queenslander and I know his number 430. We were at Fleurbaix. We held the trenches for 14 hours and we were then bombed out. I saw him killed by rifle fire. This was in the 2nd German line. He was shot just as we were getting out of the trench.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, TANNER Richard
Red Cross file 2690402

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