William Farndale, son of Martin and Catherine Farndale (FAR00364)
born Tidkinhow Farm, 29 Jan 1892.
(BR and family knowledge)
William Farndale registered Guisbro
District Apr-Jun 1891
(GRO Vol 9d page ? - 1837 online)
William Farndale, was a butcher at Guisborough before he went to Alberta Canada about 1913.
He moved to Earl Grey near Regina, Saskatchewan in 1914 and continued his
trade as a butcher.
William Farndale, joined the Canadian Army on 19 April 1916
at Regina, Saskatchewan and went to France. He was wounded in action at Vimy Ridge on 13
December 1916 while serving with the 28th Battalion; he had a gunshot wound
in the right forearm and was in hospital in Epsom, England. He was discharged
from the Army at Calgary on 18 Feb 1918. He was awarded the British War Medal
and the Victory Medal. After his return to Regina, he used his car to
evacuate the sick during the great ‘flu epidemic of 1918. He caught the ‘flu
while still weak from his wound and died at Earl Grey, Saskatchewan, Canada,
aged 25 years on 23 Nov 1918.
(Record of Service)
Gravestone; (Difficult to read)
“Farndale. 28th. In Memory of Pte Wm Farndale, 28th Batt.
UEF. Died Nov 23rd 1918, aged 25 years. Erected by
his fellow Comrades ? ? Earl Grey………(four more lines).”
ninth member of the family of Martin
and Catherine was born on 29 January 1892. His parents called him William
after the child who had died two years before. As with the others, he went
first to Charltons
School and then to Boosbeck.
He left at 14 in 1905. Soon after this, he became an apprentice butcher in Saltburn with a Mr Ormsby.
He then served in a butcher's shop. Later he had a butchers shop in Charltons which
he shared with his elder brother Jim.
They then took another in Commondale. They began by
sharing a bullock with a man in Guisborough who had a slaughter
house. Later they were selling three bullocks a week and were well remembered
in their horse drawn delivery van. Alfred remembered him at their mother's
funeral (14 July 1911) as William consoled him.
In 1913 Jim went to Canada
and shortly afterwards William followed to become the fifth member of the
family to emigrate there. He first went to join Martin at Trochu and got
himself a job there as an assistant butcher. What happened next is not clear,
but it seems that in about 1914 he moved to Earl Grey in Saskatchuan,
presumably to continue his trade as a butcher. At some time, probably 1915,
he joined the army and went to France. His enlistment date is shown as 19
April 1916 at Regina, Saskatchuan.
was wounded in action at Vimy Ridge on 13 December
1916, while serving with the 28th Battalion. All we know is that he was hit
in the arm by an explosive bullet. His medical records show:
"Loss of function, right arm ... penetrating gun shot
wound at forearm with compound commimuted fracture
of radius ... bullet entered inner surface of forearm, two inches below
elbow, and passed directly through the arm, coming out on the other side, and
splintering the radius in its passage. Severe inflammation of the arm followed,
and inflammation, and sequestrum formed and was removed. Had erysipilis while in hospital, 23rd CC Station, 24th
General Hospital (British) Etaples from 17 Jan to
23 April 1917, Reading War Hospital from 23 April to 12 July 1917, MC
Hospital Epsom, since 12 July 1917... wounds all healed. The wound and exit
wound shows the remains of a sinus from the radius not discharging now. Has
wrist drop, and is wearing a dorsiflexion splint.
Flexion and extension of elbow are greatly limited
and pronation and supination are absolutely stopped, in a position of partial
supination. Is otherwise normal. (date of report 27 July 1917)".
Alfred, his younger brother, remembers asking for leave to visit him in
hospital in Exeter, but since he was under orders himself for France, he was
not allowed to go. Indeed later William went on leave to Trochu and Tidkinhow
the family remember questioning him about France and the fact that Alfred
was, by then, in Ypres.
He wrote from hospital, almost certainly in 1917, to his sister Grace:
"Left hand of course
I will try and write to you. I find I am doing fairly well
but I have got a very bad arm. I was hit with an explosive bullet which made
a hole through two inches wide and broke both bones. They give me very little
hope of my arm being any good but I hope it will not
be so bad. I had an awful hard time in France. I had four operations in two
weeks. They could not get it stopped bleeding and I got so weak that I could
not feed myself. But I am alright now, but not able to get up yet for two
weeks or so. I may have to have another operation. Not sure yet. Going to
have my arm x-rayed shortly. I want you to write a letter for me to Sister
Armstrong, 23 CCS, BEF, France. Give her my address and tell her I am getting
along alright. This is not a very nice hospital, but good doctors. If you
send a parcel, send me a toothbrush and hairbrush. I expect I will be here
three months. I tried to get into Yorkshire so you could come and see me, but
this is as far as I could get. If my arm does not get better it is likely I
will get sent back to Canada in the Spring, but I will never see France any
more. I am awful sorry that Alf had to go. If ever he gets to France I will
want to go back again.
Your affectionate brother
We know that he returned to Earl Gray and that in
the great flu epidemic of 1918 he drove patients to hospital, caught flu
himself and died. The wording on his memorial situated in Earl Gray is very indistinct. It says:
"Farndale, 28th, In memory of Private William Farndale, 28th Batt UEF.
Died Nov 23 1918 aged 25 years. Erected by his
fellow comrades ?, Earl Grey ... 4 more lines"
Actually the age is not quite right, since in 1918 he would have been aged 27
(though perhaps "28th" refers to his Battalion). William had been
engaged to a girl in Earl Grey at the time of his death. She wrote to some
members of the family but there was no trace of her since. William is
remembered as different from the rest of the family, but still with the same characteristics
of responsibility and reliability. His early death was tragic. We have his
campaign medals (British War Medal and Victory Medal) from the Great War.
Photograph his medals and post here