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Francis William Tarry

Served with Essex County Constabulary from Jul 9, 1936 and died on Sep 11, 1944.

Police Constable Francis William Tarry was the son of William Francis and Ada Tarry and was born on 7th November 1915 in Northampton. He joined Essex County Constabulary on 9th July 1936 having previously been employed as a motor driver by Mr. F. Tarry of Northampton.

After training at Headquarters he was posted to Braintree from 5th September 1936. He then transferred to mobile work - firstly at Headquarters from 19th July 1937, then Grays from 28th January 1938, before returning to Headquarters on 10th May 1939.

Whilst on leave Francis was commended by the Northampton Coroner for the efficient way in which he dealt with a road accident in the County of Northampton on 9th January 1938. He was also commended by the justices at Brentwood Petty Sessions on 9th April 1942 for his astuteness in detecting and enquiring into a case of 'acquiring motor fuel otherwise than against the surrender of valid coupons'

Francis joined the army on 14th September 1943. Within a year, on Monday, 11th September 1944, he was killed in action whilst serving as Trooper 14664847 with Nottinghamshire Yeomanry, R.A.C. He was aged 28, and left a widow, Betty Mary Tarry of Grays, whom he had married on 17th December 1939.

He was buried in grave I.B.2. at Geel War Cemetery, near Antwerpen, Belgium.

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