Commander in Chief British Army of the Rhine; Commander Northern Army Group of Nato at time of the Cold War, Master Gunner St James Park, KCB



 Martin Baker Farndale KCB

6 January 1929 to 10 May 2000

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Martin Baker Farndale,  MSN Baker, born Alberta Canada, son of Alfred and Margaret Louise (nee Baker) Farndale (FAR00683) on 6 Jan 1929 at Trochu, Alberta Canada. Registered Trochu 1 Mar 1929.  



Martin Baker Farndale, lived in Huxley, Alberta, Canada until 1935. Then due to the slump and drought his family moved first to Middleton-one-Row in Durham, England. Then in 1936 to Sycamore Lodge, Thornton-le-Moor, Yorkshire. He went to Wensley House private School in Northallerton and then to Northallerton Grammar School. His family moved to 117 Crosby Road, Northallerton in 1940 and then to Gale Bank Farm, Wensley in Wensleydale in 1944. he then went to Yorebridge Grammar School until 1946 until he joined the Indian Army at Caterham on 3rd September 1946

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Martin, aged 1 year and 9 months at Huxley in September 1930


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Martin and Anne, Vancouver 1931

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Martin, Geoff and Anne at the farm at Huxley in 1934

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Family photograph, Sycamore Lodge, Thornton-le-moor, 1938

Martin Farndale, Geoffrey Farndale, Peggy Farndale, Anne Farndale

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Military Service

Martin Baker Farndale, joined the Indian Army on 3 Sep 1946, transferred to the British Army in 1947 and went to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst where he was commissioned into the Royal Artillery. Served in Egypt, Germany, Malaya, South Arabia, Ireland. He commanded The Chestnut Troop, 1st Regiment RHA, 7th Armoured Brigade, 2nd Armoured Division, 1st British Corps and Northern Army Group. He became Commander-in-Chief British Army of  the Rhine and Master Gunner St Jamesís Park. Awarded General Service Medal with clasps for Malaya, South Arabia and Northern Ireland. Awarded Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977, Commander of the Order of the Bath in 1980 and Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 1983. Awarded 125th Anniversary of Canada Medal for services to Canada. Hon Degree Literature at Greenwich University.


London Gazette, 20 March 1978


Martin Baker Farndale, became a Director of Short Brothers plc, Defence Adviser to Westland Helicopters and to Deloitte & Touche in the City. He became a Freeman of the City of London and a member of the Wheelwrights Livery. He became Chairman Royal Artillery Museums Ltd and he wrote several books on military history and carried out this family history. After Army Service they lived at East Preston West Sussex.

His story is told in detail at Martin Baker Farndale


His coat of arms is displayed above.

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Martin Baker Farndale, age 26, bachelor, Captain Royal Artillery of Gale Bank Farm Wensley Yorkshire, son of Alfred Farndale, farmer, married by Banns Margaret Anne Buckingham, age 27 spinster of Mill House, Findon daughter of Percy Robert Buckingham, contractor. Both signed. Witnesses Reginald Cecil Chapman, Margaret Louisa Farndale and Etheldreda Annie Buckingham. NW Lydeker Vicar. The wedding was on 13 August 1955.  



Richard Martin Farndale, born Epson Surrey, 17 Apr1963 (FAR01122).





Martin Baker Farndale died at Cromwell Hospital, London on 10 May 2000 and buried at Wensley Church

A memorial service was held at St Martin in the Fields in London


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Martin Farndale, 1950, aged 21