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Leonard Matthews Tarrant

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Leonard Matthews AWMM
  • Surname
    Tarrant AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    South African 71 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    NelsonTasman AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 6 October 1899 AWMM Lower Moutere, Nelson, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr H. A. Tarrant, Lower Moutere, Nelson, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 21 October 1900 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    South Africa 6 October 1899 AWMM
    Age 28 AWMM
    Miner/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    Doornspruit, South Africa AWMM
    31 March 1900 AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • 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

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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  • Death
    15 April 1900 AWMM
    Age 29 AWMM
    PretoriaRepublic of South Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    • Pretoria Cemetery, Transvaal, South Africa AWMM
    • Pretoria Cemetery Sa AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 9 June 1900 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • 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
    • Nelson South African War Memorial, Queen's Garden, Nelson AWMM
    • I don't think his name is on the Thames / Coromandel ABW Memorial ; to quote
      "The memorial displayed the name and country of origin of the fallen: Gunner Fred W.D. Forbes of the 5th New Zealand Contingent, Trooper William Donkin of the 7th New Zealand Contingent, and Trooper Robert Farquhar of H Squad, Brabant’s Horse." Public - Kevin - Researcher - 5 March 2021 -

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19 February 2024GwynMotuekaResearcher
03 January 2023AlisonWanganuiResearcher
31 March 2021KevinSouth AfricaResearcher
05 March 2021Kevin South AfricaResearcher
28 March 2020JeniferWairarapaResearcher

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