Brewer and wine merchant and later a Brewer’s Merchant in Rothbury who served as a Sergeant in the Northumberland (Hussars) Imperial Yeomanry.
William Leng Farndale
William Leng Farndale, born Middlesbro’ District, son of George and
Catherine Wemyss (nee Leng) Farndale (FAR00333).
William Leng Farndale registered Middlesbro’ Apr - Jun 1876
(GRO Vol 9d page 618)
Census 1881 – 22 Great Oxford Street, Liverpool
George Farndale, druggist’s assistant, aged 44, born Stockton in 1837
Catherine W Farndale, 42
William S or L Farndale, son, 4 (FAR00539)
Lodging with the Brandt family, tailors (Russian and German)
Census 1891 – 15 and 17 Linn Street, Gateshead, Durham
G H Farndale, 50, dress maker, born Stockton in 1841
William Farndale, 15, clerk
iron foundry, born Middlesbrough about 1876
William Leng Farndale, married Margaret Johnston in the fourth quarter of1896 at Sunderland District.
Catherine Dorothy Farndale, born Rothbury 19 January 1904 (FAR00722)
Frances Mary Farndale, born Rothbury 1906 (FAR00737)
Kenneth Farndale, born Rothbury 9 January 1911 (FAR00767)
George P Farndale, born Rothbury 20 March 1913 (FAR00794)
Margaret Farndale, born Rothbury 1915 (FAR00815)
Winifreda Farndale, born Rothbury 1918 (FAR00843)
Nancy Farndale, daughter, born Rothbury 1920 (FAR00867)
Rothbury in north of Newcastle and north of Morpeth in Northumberland. He clearly settled there at the turn of the century and lived there until he died.
The Northumberland (Hussars) could trace its origins to December 1819 when the Northumberland and Newcastle Volunteer Corps of Cavalry formed, under the command of Charles John Brandling, of Gosforth House.
Did he serve in the Second Boer War?
The Yeomanry was not intended to serve overseas, but due to the string of defeats during Black Week in December 1899, the British government realized they were going to need more troops than just the regular army. A Royal Warrant was issued on 24 December 1899 to allow volunteer forces to serve in the Second Boer War. The Royal Warrant asked standing Yeomanry regiments to provide service companies of approximately 115 men each for the Imperial Yeomanry equipped as Mounted infantry. The regiment provided:
14th (Northumberland) Company, 5th Battalion in 1900
15th (Northumberland) Company, 5th Battalion in 1900
55th (Northumberland) Company, 14th Battalion in 1900, transferred to 5th Battalion in 1902
100th (Northumberland) Company, 5th Battalion in 1901
101st (Northumberland) Company, 5th Battalion in 1901
105th (Northumberland) Company, 5th Battalion in 1901
110th (Northumberland) Company, 2nd Battalion in 1901
The mounted infantry experiment was considered a success and the regiment was designated the Northumberland Imperial Yeomanry (Hussars) from 1901 to 1908.
The Hussars parade through Rothbury in 1900
William Farndale was a sergeant in the Northumberland Hussars by 1902:
(Newcastle Journal, 25 October 1902 and Morpeth Herald, 1 November 1902)
(Morpeth Herald, 10 January 1903)
The Northumberland Hussars were a reserve territorial unit, so perhaps he also used his civilian title as well:
(Morpeth Herald, 24 January 1903)
This shows it was this William Leng Farndale who served as a sergeant in the Northumberland (Hussars) Imperial Yeomanry:
(Newcastle Daily Chronicle, 12 June 1903)
(Newcastle Daily Chronicle, 18 January 1904)
(Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 7 March 1905) (Berwickshire News and general Advertiser, 21 March 1905)
(Morpeth Herald, 5 January 1907)
(Volunteer Service Gazette and Military Dispatch, 9 October 1907)
Brewing and wine business
In this article, William Farndale’s distillery business had supplied a landlady who later adulterated the whisky and he gave evidence in the trial:
(Morpeth Herald, 20 April 1907)
Official Gazette, 17 September 1907
So, William Farndale continued the business of Brewers and Wine Merchants trading as Geo Storey and Company in Rothbury, Northumberland in 1907.
(Morpeth Herald, 30 November 1907)
(Morpeth Herald, 29 February 1908)
(Morpeth Herald, 24 February 1911)
Could John Johnston Farndale be somehow related as William’s wife’s maiden name was Johnston – she came from Sunderland, so could this perhaps have been a relative of Margaret’s who for some reason then took both names?
(Northern Weekly Gazette, 11 March 1911) (Northern Weekly Gazette, 1 April 1911) (Durham Chronicle, 14 April 1911)
1911 Census – Stephenson’s Terrace, Rothbury, Northumberland
William Farndale, 34, Brewer’s Branch Manager
Margaret Farndale, 34, born 1877 at Rothbury
Catherine Farndale, 7, born Rothbury in about 1904
Frances Farndale, 4, born in Rothbury in about 1907
Kenneth Farndale, 0, born in Rothbury in about 1911
Catherine Farndale, mother, widow, 75, born in Stockton in about 1836
(Alnwick Mercury, 16 March 1912)
Inflation due the War was 12.5% in 1915, 18.1% in 1916 and 25.2% in 1917.
(Newcastle Journal, 28 February 1916)
(Morpeth Herald, 25 January 1918)
(Dundee Evening Telegraph, 1 March 1920) (Morpeth Herald, 5 March 1920)
(Newcastle Daily Chronicle, 26 March 1920)
(Morpeth Herald, 2 April 1920)
(Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer, 2 July 1920) (Newcastle Daily Chronicle, 2 July 1920)
1921 Census – Rothbury
William L Farndale, 45, married, born Middlesbrough, a Brewer’s manager with Rothbury Brewery Co
Margaret A Farndale, 44, home duties
Catherine D Farndale, 17, single, clerk with Rothbury Brewery Co, born Rothbury about 1904
Frances W Farndale, 15, born Rothbury about 1906, single , home duties
Kenneth Farndale, 10, born Rothbury about1911
George S? Farndale, 8, born Rothbury about 1913
Margaret Farndale, 6, born Rothbury about 1915
Winifreda Farndale, 3, born Rothbury about 1918
Nancy Farndale, 1, daughter, born Rothbury about 1920
Catherine W Farndale, 84, widowed (his mother)
William L Farndale, died age 54 at Rothbury District in the second quarter of 1932, (ie born 1878).
(Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 10 May 1932)
After he died
1939 Register - 1 Embleton Terrace, Rothbury, Northumberland.
Margaret A Farndale, ‘unpaid householder’, born 28 March 1878. William’s widow.
Kenneth Farndale, born 9 January 1911, single, a general labourer
George P Farndale (FAR00794), born 20 March 1913, roadstone quarries heavy worker, Kenneth’s brother.
Freda Milburn, married, born 8 August 1917 (FAR00843).
Nancy Farndale (marked as later Freeman)(FAR00867) born 2 June 1920, unpaid domestic duties
(Morpeth Herald 14 March 1941)
(The Morpeth Herald, 22 September 1950) (Alnwick Mercury, 22 September 1950)