Francis Tarry, Service number 39098, was a Tobacconist before the war, enlisting to serve on the 24th of June 1916, leaving behind his wife and their home to fight for Britan.
Tarry was taken onto strength with the 3/5th Lancashire Fusiliers on the 29th of June 1917, however when the unit was disbanded due to heavy losses in February 1918, he was transferred to the 2/7th Lancashire Fusiliers.
Tarry went MIA on the 19th of March 1918, during the German spring offensive, however he was listed as found three days later. Tarry’s Right Index finger was recorded as shot off leaving a stump on the 21st of March 1918, and he was subsequently treated by the 26th General hospital for his injury and was recorded as “Admitted” by Queen Mary’s on the 8th of April 1918. The unit was so badly mauled during the offensive that it was reduced to a training cadre, used to train newly arrived American troops in trench warfare tactics. Tarry was eventually discharged on the 11th of February 1919.
This group is accompanied by a digital copy of Tarry’s service records and his pension application & records for his wound.