In the family footsteps

Descendants of fallen soldier Pte James L. Farrant: Steven Morganti (great great- nephew), Dorothy Warman (niece), Andy Farrant (great nephew), Jill Farrant (niece, holding plaque) and Merle Tyers (niece).
Descendants of fallen soldier Pte James L. Farrant: Steven Morganti (great great- nephew), Dorothy Warman (niece), Andy Farrant (great nephew), Jill Farrant (niece, holding plaque) and Merle Tyers (niece).

The young Henley Brooke resident (19), the RSL�s cadet of the Year in 2013, 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 currently working as a cadet instructor.

Private James Farrant left Fremantle on the ship HMAT Berrima to sail to World War I with 27th Battalion in 1916. He died from his wounds in a British war hospital in Fargo, on the Somme, about six months later. He was just 25.

Three of his nieces � Merle Tyers, Jill Farrant and Dorothy Warman � were at Stirk Park on Sunday to commemorate his actions, along with five other fallen soldiers with links to Kalamunda.

Mrs Farrant, who has done some of the family research on Pte Farrant, said he was a little unruly. �He was a bit rebellious and worked with horses and cattle up north before he went to war,� she said.

Andrew Farrant, great-nephew of Pte Farrant, thanked the RSL on behalf of the families. Turkish exchange student Serhan Ozdemir (16), who is currently 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 can be friends after one invades the other. Australia and Turkey have a wonderful friendship, he said. �I think that�s very important,� Mr Ozdemir said.

As the ceremony drew to a close, the families of all the honoured servicemen stood under the willow trees as Last Post sounded.

Researcher and local government employee Andrew Bratley discovered the six servicemen and their relationship with the Shire while trawling through the National Archives and Australian War Memorial records.

�This is a bit of a passion of mine, so anything I can do to help local shires and relatives, I am happy to help,� he said.

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