TARRAN John Lawson
Regiment : 61 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Service number : 941653
Conflict : WW2
Date of death : 3rd June 1942
Buried : Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany, Grave 9. F. 1.
Memorial : Broughton Hackett St Leonard's Church Tarran Memorial
Also appears on : Worcester Royal Grammar School
Middle name spelt Lauson on Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Appears on the Royal Air Force casualties list for Worcestershire.
John Tarran was the son of Mr and Mrs Alfred Tarran of Hall Farm, Broughton Hackett, Worcestershire. He attended Worcester Royal Grammar School from 1933 to 1937. On leaving school he joined the accountancy firm of Messrs. Leicester and Co in Foregate Street, Worcester. He enlisted in the Royal Air Force and was a Sergeant by the age of 19. Just after midnight on 3rd June 1942 he was the wireless operator on a Lancaster which took off from Syerston as part of a large raid of bombers which were attacking Essen in the Ruhr. His aircraft crashed at Rees, 19km north west of Kessel. One of the crew survived to become a prisoner of war, the remaining crew members who were killed were first buried at Dusseldorf in the Nordfriedhof before being moved to Reichswald Forest War cemetery
Source for additional information: In Dedication to a Future World by Mark Rogers, 1999.
A letter from the Reverend H.R. Pi???, Upton Snodsbury Vicarage dated 1st May 1950 can be found within war records held at Worcestershire Archives requesting that J. Tarran, Sergeant RAFVR be added to the county roll of honour.