|Place of birth||London, England|
|Age on arrival in Australia||17|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Gorge Rock via Corrigin, Western Australia|
|Age at embarkation||22|
|Next of kin||Father, George Tennant, Gorge Rock via Corrigin, Western Australia|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Narrogin, Western Australia|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||12th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/29/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A51 Chilka on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Lance Corporal|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||12th Battalion|
|Other details from Roll of Honour Circular||Had served in the Church Lads' Brigade, London, England.|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Pozieres, Somme Sector, France|
|Age at death||23|
|Age at death from cemetery records||23|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France
Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.
The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.
On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.
After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Commemorated in St Peter's Church, Thorner, nr Leeds, England. Parents: George and Elizabeth TENNANT, Corrigin, Western Australia|
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front
Taken on strength, 12th Bn, Gallipoli, 6 August 1915, and reverted to the ranks.
Admitted to 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance, 13 October 1915 (dysentery); transferred to No 1 Casualty Clearing Station, 15 October 1915; to HS 'Delta', 14 October 1915; embarked for Alexandria, 20 October 1915, and admitted to No 1 Auxiliary Hospital, Helipolis, 23 October 1915; to Montazah Convalescent Hospital, 12 November 1915; to Overseas Base, Mustapha, 11 December 1915.
Found guilty, 28 January 1916, of being absent from all parades from 6.30 am, 22 January, till 9 am, 24 January 1916: awarded 7 days' confined to barracks.
Found guilty, 1 February 1918, of being absent from Defaulters' Roll Call at 5 pm: awarded 3 days' confined to barracks.
Rejoined 12th Bn, 18 March 1916.
Embarked Alexandria to join the British expeditionary Force, 29 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 5 April 1916.
Appointed Lance Corporal, 5 August 1916.
Posted as Wounded and Missing, 19-22 August 1916.
Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 23 June 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19-22 August 1916'.
Note, Red Cross File No 2710910K: 'No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'
Statement, 2680 Pte J.T. ROBERTS, C Company, 12th Bn, 16 January 1917: 'I saw him about 22nd. Aug. at Mouquet, in our front line, on his way to the D.S. He was wounded. The D.S. was about a mile away. It was an exposed way and there [was] H.E. shelling going on. I never heard of him again.'Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, TENNANT Eustace
Red Cross File No 2710910K