George Farndale
June 1891 to 25 May 1917

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Killed in action on the 27th of May 1917, during the Battle of Arras, barely one month after arriving in France 


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George Farndale, born Whitby District (Egton).


George Farndale registered Whitby District Apr-Jun 1891

(GRO Vol 9d page ? - 1837 online)

Son of John Farndale of 6 East Street Loftus Yorkshire




1891 Census, Egton, Whitby


George Farndale aged 2 months, son of John Farndale, farm labourer, living at 16 Hazel Head


1901 Census, Loftus


George Farndale now aged 10, the son of John Farndale and Susannah, - John is now an ironstone miner deput, living at 9 John Street



1911 Census, 189 Tees Street, East Loftus


George Farndale now aged 20, a blacksmith striker, living with his father John Farndale and minerís deputy and his mother Susannah


Military Service:

333852 Private George Farndale son of John and the late Susanna Farndale of Loftus (FAR00387), was killed in action with 9th HLI aged 25 on 27 May 1917. 9th HLI were in 100th Infantry Brigade of 33rd Division engaged in operations on the Hindenburg Line. He enlisted at Whitby although he was resident at Loftus. It seems that he joined the Green Howards and then for some reason was transferred to the 9th HLI. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal on 9 Nov 1921 posthumously since he had been killed in action in France on 27th May 1917 (ie born 1891). Seems to fit this George?

(DR and medal roll)



See further below.


Private George Farndale, son of John and the late Susannah Farndale of Loftus, killed in action 25th May 1917, aged 26

(Loftus PR)



 See Commonwealth War Graves Commission website






333852 Private George Farndale


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See also these letters, some of which are reproduced below



Highland Light Infantry

A resident of Loftus, he enlisted at Whitby probably in the Gren Howards and was then transferred to the HLI. He was killed in action on 27th May 1917 aged 26 while serving with the 1st/9th (Territorial Glasgow Highlanders) Battalion of the Highland Light Infantry in 100th Infantry Brigade of 33rd Infantry Division in operations against the Hindenburg Line.

George Farndale was killed in action on the 27th of May 1917, during the Battle of Arras, barely one month after arriving in France.

The Loftus Family History Group have been given access to letters he wrote from the Front to his sister Annie, in Loftus, and letters from comrades and family offering sympathy after his death. Read them on the Loftus Family History Group website.

George Farndale was born about 1891 in Egton, Yorkshire, youngest son of John Farndale (a Deputy in an ironstone mine, born about 1851 in Egton, Yorkshire) and Susannah Smith (born 1853 in Cropton, Yorkshire), who married around July 1872 in Egton, Yorkshire.

George was born around the time his father, a Farm Labourer, became an Ironstone Miner, so he would have witnessed quite a change in his young life, from the pastoral surroundings of Egton village to the hustle and bustle of Loftus, Yorkshire. His father must have been a quick learner, progressing to Mines Deputy in 10 years. George followed his father and other brothers into the ironstone mines, becoming, by 1911, a Blacksmith's Striker, living with his family at 19 Tees Street, East Loftus

George was a Private, Service No. 333852, in the 9th (Glasgow Highland) Battalion, Highland Light Infantry, although he was originally Service No. 26456, Alexandra Princess of Wales Own (Yorkshire Regiment). He was Killed In Action on the 27th May 1917 (a day made infamous by the French Army mutinies following the disastrous Nivelle Offensive, which left 100,000 French dead), in the German Retreat to the Hindenburg Line. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on Bay 8, The Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.


Medals and decorations: Victory Medal, British War Medal

Died 27 May 1917 aged 26. Buried: Bay 8, Arras Memorial, son of John Farndale, 6 East street, Loftus Yorkshire.



Sunday 8/4/17, Dear Sister

Just a line to tell you that I arrived at Folkestone at 7 o clock this morning and I am in a rest camp now waiting of a ship. It is quiet a fine place here. I think we shall leave here at 10.45 am for the ship which I think will take us to Boulogne where we will stay over night. I got a very descent breakfast here and had an extra tea before we left Catterick. They also gave us 20 packet of cigarettes each. Well tat-ta for the present will write you again as soon as possible. With Love Geo



Dear Sister
Received latter on Tuesday last and parcel today. I must say the parcel was extra. The cake is excellent, also must say that you could not have sent a more suitable parcel. Well I must send you my sincere thanks for your kindness also for writing to the Girl. I am sorry I had to send home for some money, but I only get 5 francs here, and I want to get some of those French cards to send you as I know you would like some of them. I am pleased to hear you are all keeping well. I wrote to the Girl on Sunday so I am expecting to hear from her anytime. Will you send me one of your photos as I would like one with me out here, please put your name on it. Remember me to all and Give them my best respects, also down John St. How is Father keeping hope he isn't worrying about me as I am alright. Well I think this is about all I have to say so I must draw to a close thanking you once again for parcel also hoping to hear from you again soon. Well tud-a-lu
With Love
from Your Loving Bro Geo.

P.S. I am not afraid about the watch and parcel, as I know the young man I left with is honest and straight in every way, and I told him he wasn't to go down special with it, he was to post it anytime when he was going to town.
With Love again


Dear Annie
I am just sending you a line to tell you that I am in a draft and expecting to go out any day. If you haven't wrote and sent the things I asked for don't trouble, as I may be gone before they arrive and I sharn't be able to take them with me. If I should be here over the weekend I will write you again on Sunday if not I will try and send you a line before I leave. I have got all my kit ready for going but I don't think I shall go before Saturday or Monday. Well be sure and don't worry about me and tell Father not to, as I shall be alright, and I must say before I go that you and Father have been very kind to me as I never wanted for anything and I must say you have done more than your duty towards me. Of course it may be weeks before I go into the trenches as am sure to be kept at the base for a week or two. If I should send for anything when I get to France, be sure and register it, as it will make it more sure of me receiving it. Well don't write any more until you hear from me again and don't think anything is wrong if you don't hear from me for a short time, but I promise you to write you as soon as I possibly can. Well this is all I have time to say just now, so I will now close, trusting this finds you all well. Remember me to all. Well be sure and don't worry about me, and look on the bright side of it as I shall soon be back again.
With Love, From Your Loving Bro Geo
PS. If the writing pad comes I will give it to some of the boys as it won't be worth sending it back. I shall very possibly be sending some shirts home.


France, 2/6/17

Dear Mr Farandale
I deeply regret to inform you of the death in Action of your son 333852 Pte G Farandale on 27th May. He was a good soldier and a popular fellow, beloved by us all and our deepest sympathy goes out to you and yours at this time.
Believe me, Yours truly, D W Greenhulds, 2Lt, 9th HLI.















June 2nd/6/17

Dear Friend
It is with deep regret I inform you that your Bro George was killed on the 27th May. He had just gone into the trenches the previous night and before it was properly daylight a German trench mortar came over and struck George death being instantaneous. I have know George for a good long time and he was a fine pal. He was in the Yorks at Hartlepool when I was, and we were transferred to 2/9th HLI together May 1st/16. It was New Years time when I mist him as he was sent to Scotland and I was left with Batt. Eventually I came out to France in Feb and it was there at the base I met him again and we have been together practically all the time. I was next to him on the 20th/5/17 when we went over and took the German front line trench, which we held for 2 days and then were relieved. You have my deepest sympathy in your sad bereavement and hope you will find consolation in knowing that he died faithfully doing his duty. The officer got his pay book and pocket wallet which I expect will be sent on to you.
Yours Sincerely
R Sellars
332854 Pte R Sellars 9th H.L.I. Glasgow Highlanders
C. Company 11 platoon.
B.E.F. France.














Shingle Hall, Sawbridgeworth, Herts. Thursday

Dear Miss Farndale:-
I am deeply grieved on hearing from you yesterday morning that dear George has been killed in action, and all at Shingle Hall including myself wish to express our deepest sympathy with you all in this dark hour of sadness.
It was an awful blow to me dear, and is one that I shall never forget. He was such a nice quiet and gentle boy and was very much liked by all who knew him in Sawbridgeworth, and no fellow could not think so much of a girl as your dear brother did of me, and had he been spared to come back safely we intended getting married. I don't know if he ever spoke about it to you.
It will be awfully kind of you to copy those letters for me and shall be most pleased to receive them.
Yes dear, I will see about another doz. p.cs. being copied and will write and let you know, as I shall be only too pleased to do anything for you, for the sake of the dear one I have just lost.
He sent me the Yorkshire badge (as he said no one else should have it but me) also the cap badge of the H.L.I. and bought me a small regimental brooch of the H.L.I. so I shall always think of the dear boy.
Now dear Miss Farndale I will draw to a close trusting you will all accept our deepest sympathy once more.
With fondest love hoping to hear from you again soon
I remain
Your sincere Friend

P.S. Please excuse pencil.