Son of Robert and Kate Tarran, born at Pinfold Lane, Butterknowle. Father was postman.
In 1911 the family was living with Robert's father, William, in Butterknowle. William senior was a sub-postmaster.
In 1923 he met Ellen in Hurworth and they married that year. They had three children: Kathleen (born around 1925), Peter (born around 1935) and Suzanne (born around 1947). Latterly William and Ellen lived in Catterick Village. They both died in 1975 (Ellen on 18 January, William on 28 January).
William joined the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI) with service no.36065. Later, he transferred to the Army Service Corps no. M/375092. He entered France after 31 December 1915. In September 1917, his battalion was in the Neuve Eglise Area c. 10 miles from Ypres during the 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). The War Diary reports that a number of soldiers were awarded the Military Medal including William. The award was also reported in the London Gazette on 17.12.17. In William's case the medal was for holding off an enemy attack for 3 days from a shell hole along with 3 other soldiers. William was presented with a gold medallion by the Butterknowle Ladies Working Party and Friends. (Curiously, his Military Medal is not mentioned on his Army War Medals Index Card available in Ancestry.)
William's family remember being told that he was injured in 1917 and invalided back to the sanatorium in Bedale, and also that he was a POW in Limburg but they have no record of this.
After the war William worked at Butterknowle, Hurworth, Barnard Castle, Startforth and finally Catterick. Latterly he worked as a driver for Shell Mex.