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Leonard Mathews Tarrant

  • Service number
    71 AWMM
  • Also known as
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    Sergeant AWMM
    New Zealand Mounted Rifles, 1st Contingent AWMM
  • War
    South African War, 1899-1902 AWMM
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Leonard Mathews AWMM
  • Surname
    Tarrant AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    71 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Church of England, Christian AWMM

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
    Nelson, Tasman, New Zealand AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Nelson, New Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Pre WW1 Miner/Civilian AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 06 Oct 1899 Lower Moutere, Nelson, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr H. A. Tarrant, Lower Moutere, Nelson, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 21 Oct 1900 Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    South African War, 1899-1902 AWMM
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    71 AWMM
  • Military service
    Coromandel Rifle Volunteer Corps AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Queen's South Africa Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    Pre WW1 6 October 1899 AWMM
  • Age on enlistment
    Pre WW1 28 AWMM


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  • Embarkation details
    Pre WW1 Vessel was Waiwera AWMM
    Sergeant AWMM
    1st New Zealand Mounted Rifles, 1 Company AWMM
    1st Contingent AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
    31 March 1900 AWMM
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 8 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      8 stone 11 pounds AWMM
    • Killed or died while a Prisoner of War, Cause of Death AWMM
      Died as a prisoner of War of enteric fever AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    Sergeant AWMM
    New Zealand Mounted Rifles, 1st Contingent AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Sergeant Tarrant was well-respected both as a church-going member of the Coromandel community, and as a soldier.

    Signature on the Service record appears to be Mathews; listed as this by Stowers; listed by Nation Archives as Mathew.Before World War I, enteric fever, or typhoid fever, was the scourge of armies, and in the Anglo-Boer War killed more soldiers than enemy action. It is caused by a bacteria entering the body via contaminated food or water. Early symptoms include high fever, headaches and lassitude. Follicles along the intestinal walls later become inflamed, often leading to perforation and hemorrhaging. Other complications include gall bladder, pneumonia or heart failure.

    At the time of the Boer War, there were no antibiotic remedies for the disease. AWMM
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About death

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  • Age at death
    29 AWMM
  • Date of death
    15 April 1900 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Killed or died while a Prisoner of War AWMM
  • Place of death
    Pretoria, Republic of South Africa AWMM
  • Death notes
    Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    Pretoria Cemetery, Transvaal, South Africa AWMM
  • Grave reference
  • Memorial name
    • Coromandel Roll of Honour, 1899-1902 AWMM
    • Ranfurly Veterans' Home, 539 Mount Albert Road, Three Kings, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Coromandel War Memorial, in front of the Information Centre and old Courthouse, 355 Kapanga. Road, Coromandel town, Coromandel, New Zealand AWMM
  • Memorial reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 9 June 1900 AWMM

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