Emigrated to  New Zealand   and served in 6th Field Ambulance RAMC in Greece and Crete and was captured as a Prisoner of War at Sidi Rezegh. He became a builder in Masterton, near Auckland, New Zealand


 Ronald Martin Farndale

March 1919















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Ronald Martin Farndale, MSN Alcock, born Wakefield District, son of Robert and Sarah Jane (nee Alcock) Farndale (FAR00606).



Military Service

Ronald  M  Farndale, emigrated to  New Zealand   and served in World War 2  in 6th  Field Ambulance RAMC in Greece and Crete. He was captured at Sidi Rezegh in 1941 and was a prisoner of war in Italy for the rest of the war. He became a builder in Masterton, near Auckland, New Zealand.



I have received further information from Geoff Muir in August 2019, who has researched his fatherís (Maurice Muir) World War 2 history.

Ronald must have been NZ prior to the war as he was farming near Waharoa and embarked from NZ. He would have been returned to NZ by the Army after the war. He was repatriated to UK in 1943. But he must have been in New Zealand after the War as his family were born there.

Maurice Muir NZ890 served with NZ 24th Battalion, and was captured at Sidi Rezegh on 1st December 1941. They were transported by German Ship from Tripoli to Naples, then to Capua PG66, on to Servigliano PG59, then to Chiavari PG52. Maurice Muir was transferred to Lucca Hospital PG202 in September of 42, and repatriated to the UK in April of 43 along  with  400 or so British and 14 other New Zealanders who had relatives in the UK.

Ronald Farndale was with Maurice Muir, as can be seen in the photograph opposite.

There is evidence that they all were working in the NZ 6th Brigade Advanced dressing Station at Belhamed, near Sidi Rezegh, when they were captured by German forces, and they all stayed together until they were repatriated.

Ronald  Martin Farndaleís public WW2 record can be found here. His NOK is his mother Mrs. S. Farndale, Bells Farm, Thornton-in-Craven-Skipton, Yorks., England.



The nearest major city to Masterton is the capital Wellington.

(Email Geoff Muir, 3 August 2019)


Married 1

Ronald M Farndale, married Madge ?? on 28 Jul 1945 in Auckland New Zealand. She died of a brain tumour in 1956.



Family 1

Maxwell Farndale, born 21 May 1946 in NZ (FAR01006).

Wendy Farndale, born NZ 1948 (FAR01024).

Bruce Farndale, born NZ 1950 (FAR01046A).

Dora Farndale, born NZ 1952 (FAR01057A).

??  Farndale

Robin Farndale, born NZ 1954 (FAR01066).



Married 2

Ronald Martin Farndale, married Doris ?? in 1959 in New Zealand.