Family honours WWI digger

The 19-year-old RSL 2013 cadet of the year is now carving out a career with the Royal Australian Air Force at Pearce Base, Bullsbrook.

He wanted to be a pilot but being deaf in one ear may prevent him from achieving his dream job, so he is working as a cadet instructor.

Private James Farrant left Fremantle on the ship HMAT Berrima to sail to World War I battlefields with 27th Battalion in 1916.

He died from his wounds in a British war hospital in the Somme about six months later.

He was 25.

In 1921, his father John Farrant asked for the following to be inscribed on his tombstone by the Australian Army:

�He gave his life for my motherland. During his short life his heart was ever open to suffering � but God in his infinite mercy has only called his own. Rest in peace.�

Three of his nieces � Merle Tyers, Jill Farrant and Dorothy Warman � were at Stirk Park, Kalamunda, recently to commemorate his actions.

�He was a bit rebellious and worked with horses and cattle up north before he went to war,� Mrs Farrant said.

Andrew Farrant, great-nephew of Pte Farrant, thanked the RSL on behalf of the families.

Turkish exchange student Serhan Ozdemir (16), who is staying with the Farrants, also spoke at the ceremony.

He said the Anzacs were a wonderful tradition because there were not too many countries that could be friends after one invaded the other.

�Australia and Turkey have a wonderful friendship. I think that�s very important,� he said.