The Military Farndales
Exploring the Farndales who served in the armed forces
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Those members of our family who gave their lives in service for their country
The Royal Navy in 1741
Able Seaman Giles Farndale (FAR00137) was a press ganged sailor in the Caribbean, who served on HMS Experiment, and was buried: At Sea, at Port Royal, West Indies on 9 May 1741.
The First World War
3758 & 201065 Private Richard
died in France either from wounds, enemy shelling or sickness, on Monday 26th
February 1917 aged 19 while serving with 150th Infantry Brigade of the 50th
Northumbrian Division. He was buried at La Neuville Communal Cemetery, Corbie,
Somme. His name is on a War Memorial at Coatham.
15/319 Private (later Lance Corporal) George Farndale (FAR00617) was killed in Action at the Battle of Arras, on Thursday 3rd May 1917.
333852 Private George Farndale (FAR00646) was killed in Action at the Battle of Arras on the 27th May 1917.
Name Rank No Unit Year Vol Page
Index to War Deaths 1914-1921 – Army (Other Ranks)
William Farndale (FAR00647) 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 February 1918. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. After his return to Regina, despite his weakness from his wounds, 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 November 1918.
The Second World War
4460826 Private James Farndale (FAR00833) aged 24 of the West Yorkshire Regiment died of wounds on 16th March 1941 in Keren Eritrea. His memorial is 3.A.3 at Keren War Cemetery in Eritrea.
1824896 Sergeant Bernard Farndale (FAR00783) 115th Squadron RAF, was killed in action over Denmark on 30 August 1944 during a bombing raid.
521789 Corporal Henry Stewart Farndale, (FAR00832) died on 11 May 1945 aged 28. He was a pilot under training whose aircraft crashed. His memorial is at section V Grave 265, Leeds (Lawns Wood) Cemetery.
For the Fallen
Poem by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for
Solemn the drums thrill: Death august
There is music in
the midst of desolation
They went with songs to the battle,
they were young,
They shall grow not old, as we that
are left grow old:
They mingle not with their laughing
But where our desires are and our
As the stars that shall be bright when
we are dust,
The memorial at Great Ayton
“I see the lives for which I lay down my life, peaceful, useful, prosperous and happy, in that England which I shall see no more. It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”.
A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
Naval service in the Caribbean
Able Seaman Giles Farndale (FAR00137) served with the Royal Navy from 29 June 1740 until he died at sea in the Caribbean on 9 May 1741. It seems very likely that he was press-ganged at Whitby, when he would have been 27 years old. The Muster Book for HMS Experiment, a brig with a compliment of 130, shows Giles Farndell as No 101 Able Seaman, impressed on 29 June 1740. He is present at every muster until 9 May 1741 when he is marked ‘DD’ (“Discharged Dead”). No circumstances are recorded which probably means that he died of sickness on 9 May 1741.
He almost certainly took part in the War of Jenkins’ Ear in the Spanish Main under Admiral Vernon and was probably involved in the Battle of Cartagena de Indias in March 1741.
‘Experiment’ was commissioned under Captain Hughes at Deptford between Mar and
Jun 1740. On 29 June 1740 the ‘Experiment’ was at The Nore where
Giles Farndell (or Farndale; he is listed under both names in
different Muster Books), came on complement. From there she sailed for
Port Royal, Jamaica where she arrived on 15 Sep 1740. From there until
June 1741 the ship was either in Port Royal, at sea, or in Cartagena (Adm 36/1081 & 1082).
Since Giles was not recorded as ‘from…another ship’ he probably had not served on another.
HMS Experiment taking the Telemaque, 8 July 1757
The Crimean War
Private John George Farndale (FAR00337) saw service between 1853 and 1856 possibly first with the Coldstream Guards and then with the 28th of Foot.
He served in the Crimean War in 1854 and 1855. There is a full record of his service on his webpage.
His letters home included the following records:
We then started for Sebastopol, and reached it after eight or nine days’ march; we had to go a great way round. As soon as we got in front and settled, we commenced throwing up batteries and breast works, under fire of the enemy. We finished them after about five days and nights’ hard working, and opened fire on them on the 17th of last month, and have been battering away ever since, and are likely to continue doing so for some time to come. We have greater opposition than we expected. There was a faint attack made on our rear army a few days ago, which cut up our cavalry fearfully, but were defeated in the end. Our loss is not so great, considering all the circumstances of the case. I have escaped as yet, thank God! I have had a narrow escape: one morning, as we were relieving guard, two privates and a sergeant were shot close by me with one ball.
I have been laid up in my tent with frost bitten feet nearly all this month, but I am better again and fit for duty.
The siege is progressing very slowly but I think we will soon open a new siege. Things begin to look a little better. We have received the winter clothing and are getting provisions a little better. We want the wooden houses next, although I think as we have done so long without, we could manage without them altogether. However I hope that before you get this, Sebastopol will be ours and then we will be thinking about returning to old England again.
If I live to see it over and get back to old England again, which by the blessing of God I hope to do, I will tell you tales that will make your hair stand on end!
The Period of the Franco Prussian War and the British Expedition to Abyssinia
There was a John Farndale, who was discharged from the Grenadier Guards on 25 July 1872. He received £10 compensation. He served for 3 years and 323 days (Chelsea Pensioners Discharge Documents). This was most likely to have been John Farndale of Clerkenwell London (FAR00379).
The Boer War
N Farndale, served during the Second Boer War 1899 to 1902, Regimental Number 4505, Second Battalion The Buffs East Kent.
The Second Battalion, the Buffs. Roll of Individuals entitled to the South Africa Medal and Clasp under Army Order Granting the medal, issued 1st April 1901. … 4805, Pte, Farndale N.
The Mid Sussex Times, 22 August 1899: The local team’s opponents on Thursday were the Buffs, who, batting first, knocked up 151 … The Buffs … Private Farndale, caught Allen, bowled G A Hammond, 6 runs.
The 2nd Battalion, 3rd Battalion, 1st Volunteer (Militia) Battalion and 2nd Volunteer (Weald of Kent) Battalion all saw action during the Second Boer War with Captain Naunton Henry Vertue of the 2nd Battalion serving as brigade major to the 11th Infantry Brigade under Major General Edward Woodgate at the Battle of Spion Kop where he was mortally wounded in January 1900.
The phrase ‘Steady the Buffs!’ was popularised by Rudyard Kipling in his 1888 novel ‘Soldiers Three’. The origins of this phrase come from Adjutant John Cotter during garrison duties in Malta, who encouraged the men of the 2nd Battalion with ‘Steady the Buffs! The Fusiliers are watching you’ as he did not want to be shown up in front of his former Regiment The 21st Royal Fusiliers.
Following the end of the war in South Africa in June 1902, 540 officers and men of the 2nd battalion returned to the United Kingdom on the SS St. Andrew leaving Cape Town in early October, and the battalion was subsequently stationed at Dover.
Sergeant William Leng Farndale (FAR00539) was a Sergeant in the Northumberland Hussars in 1902. They had served in the Second Boer War, so he may have served there.
There was an F A Farndale-Williams who was a second lieutenant with the Moulmein Volunteer Rifles on 30 March 1907 who appeared under Indian Army Orders (Homeward Mail from India, China and the East, 3 June 1907).
The First World War
The Battle of Arras, where two Farndales gave their lives
There is a Table showing the details of all Farndales who served during World War 1.
83795 Private Alfred Farndale (FAR00683) served with the Machine Gun Corps after initially joining the East Yorkshire Regiment. My grandfather, he was born 5th July 1897, joined in 1916 and served in France and Mesopotamia. He was discharged in 1920. He was awarded the Victory Medal, the British War Medal, and the Police Medal WW2. He died in May 1989 and is buried in Wensley, Yorkshire.
Alfred Farndale, East Yorks, 1914 Alfred Mesopotamia
2216 Private Alfred Farndale, 9th Lancers (FAR00690) served with the 9th Lancers. He was awarded the British War Medal, Victory Medal and 14 Star.
2483 Private Charles E Farndale (probably FAR00656, born 1893) served with the Hertfordshire Regiment and was awarded the 15 Star with Clasp.
Charles Farndale served with the 8th/18th Hussars.
3/28913 Private Charles Farndale (FAR00629) served with the Leicestershire Regiment & 19th London Regiment and was awarded the Victory Medal. He was born in Knaresborough in 1888 and died at Ripon on 16 February 1941.
15/319 Private (later Lance Corporal) George Farndale (FAR00617) served with 15th Battalion The West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) and was awarded the Victory Medal, British war Medal, 15 Star. He was born in Guisborough in 1888; arrived in Egypt on 22 December 1915 but was Killed in Action at Arras on Thursday 3rd May 1917. He is buried and commemorated at the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
Private George Farndale (FAR00646) served
with the Highland Light Infantry (“HLI”). Born about 1891 in Egton, youngest son of John Farndale (a Deputy in an
ironstone mine, born about 1851 in Egton, Yorkshire) and Susannah nee Smith
(born 1853 in Cropton, Yorkshire, a resident of Loftus,
he enlisted at Whitby probably into the Green 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. He was awarded the Victory Medal and
the British War Medal.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
332854 Pte R Sellars 9th H.L.I. Glasgow Highlanders
C. Company 11 platoon.
Shingle Hall, Sawbridgeworth, Herts.
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
Your sincere Friend
P.S. Please excuse pencil.
011374 Corporal George William Farndale (FAR00614) served with the Royal Army Ordnance Corps and awarded the Victory Medal and the British War Medal. He was born in Middlesbrough in 1897 and died on 21 August 1954.
19318 Private George Farndale (FAR00646A) served with the East Yorkshire Regiment and was awarded the Victory medal, British medal, and 15 Star. He arrived in the Balkans on 12 November 1915. He was born in Whitby in 1891 and died in Lancaster on 15 May 1954.
G/445 Lance Corporal George James Farndale (later Sergeant) (FAR00653) served with the Second Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment and went to France on 31 May 1915. He was awarded the Victory medal, British medal, 15 Star and the Military Medal for bravery.
18981 and 577701 Private Harry Farndale (FAR00688) served with the 7th Battalion, The East Lancashire Regiment. Harry enlisted on 15 February 1915 at Liverpool. He served in France and Belgium from May 1915 to July 1916 and from May 1917 to April 1919. He was awarded the Victory medal, British medal, 15 Star. There are extensive military records on his own page.
204344 Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant Henry Farndale (FAR00681A) served with the Royal Field Artillery and was awarded the Victory Medal, and British War Medal. He was gassed in November 1917. He was then promoted to Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant and was engaged working on a cost accounting scheme after the War ended. There are extensive records about him on his personal page. He was born in Leeds in 1883 and died in Leeds in 1951.
4857 Sergeant Herbert Farndale later 238221 2nd Lieutenant H Farndale (FAR00652) served with the 10th Yorkshire Regiment (The Green Howards) & 2nd West Yorkshire Regiment. He was awarded the Military Medal as well as the Victory Medal, and British War Medal. My grandfather knew him and we have many of his papers. He lived at Brotton. He was born Guisborough 30 March 1892 and died on 23 June 1971 at Cleveland Cottage Hospital, Brotton.
Herbert Farndale wearing military medal in Green Howards Herbert Smith at officer training unit in 1918
2898 Private Herbert Arthur Farndale (FAR00664) served with the Norfolk Yeomanry, then as 43302 in the Northern Regiment, then as 37425 in the Royal Berkshire Regiment He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
19832 Private James Farndale (FAR00669) served with the 1st Devonshire Regiment, then as 35864 in the Wiltshire Regiment. He arrived in Egypt on 9 October 1915. He served in both World Wars. In WW1 he tended the horses. His war service was 31 Aug 1914 to 10 Mar 1919 and from 1939 to 1941. He was awarded the Victory medal, British medal, and 15 Star.
TR/5/211407 and 211407 Private W James Farndale (FAR00704B) served with 53rd Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment. He joined very shortly before the War ended, immediately upon coming of age.
James Farndale (FAR00607) served with the US Army. He joined up in 1917. He went to France. He left the Army in 1919 and eventually became State Senator for Nevada.
James in Plymouth, Indiana in 1917
S/294809 Private John Farndale (FAR00640) served with the Army Service Corps and was awarded the Victory medal, British medal.
89289 Gunner John Joseph Farndale (FAR00581) served with the Royal Garrison Artillery. He enlisted on 4 December 1915 and was discharged on 14 December 1918.
38005 A/Corporal John W Farndale (FAR00698) served with the Lincolnshire Regiment, then as 29415 in the Labour Corps and was awarded the Victory Medal and the British War Medal. He was born in Guisborough 1899 and died in 1970.
26042 Private John W Farndale (FAR00653A) served with the East Yorkshire Regiment, then as 570018 in the Labour Corps and was awarded the Victory Medal and British War Medal.
L/28839 Driver John W Farndale (FAR00663) served with the Royal Field Artillery and was awarded the Victory Medal and the British War Medal. He was born in Malton in 1894 and died on 29 June 1954.
151907 Gunner John W Farndale (FAR00615) served with the Royal Garrison Artillery and was awarded the Victory Medal and the British War Medal. He was born in 1893 and died on 2 March 1973.
247529 T/Warrant Officer Class I Joseph Farndale (FAR00593) served with the Army Service Corps and was awarded the Victory Medal and British War Medal.
016314 Private Joseph Farndale (FAR00675) served with the Army Ordnance Corps and was awarded the Victory Medal and British War Medal.
James Farndale (FAR00521) probably signed up immediately at the start of World War 1 and joined the Royal Field Artillery, though I have not found records afterwards of his military service.
3758 & 201065 Private Richard Farndale (FAR00681) aged 20 joined the 1/4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, the Princess of Wales’ Own Yorkshire Regiment, also known as the Green Howards. He died at 21st CCS in France of broncho-pneumonia on 25th February 1917. He enlisted at Redcar, resident at Coatham. The battalion served with the York and Durham Brigade of the Northumbrian Division, renamed in 1915, the 150th Infantry brigade of the 50th Division. At the time of his death the battalion was not in the line but in reserve at Proyart. On 31 December 1916 it was at Bazentin le Petit and in reserve at Flers on 7 January 1917. On 11 January the battalion moved to the front line at ‘Hexham Road.’ It was again in the front line from 30 Jan to 11 Feb at Genercourt. The battalion moved to Proyart on 19 Feb 1917. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal posthumously on 21 Jan 1921. He was presumably badly wounded at Hexham Road or Genercourt or Proyart and evacuated to No 21 Casualty Clearing Station at La Neuville, where he later died of pneumonia. He was the son of George and Mary Farndale of 6, High Street, Coatham, Redcar Yorkshire. His name is on a War Memorial at Coatham. He is buried at La Neuville Communal Cemetery, Corbie, Somme .
44768 Private Robert Farndale (FAR00552) served with the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, then as 426393 in the Labour Corps, then as G/30179 in the Royal Sussex Regiment. He was awarded the British War and Victory Medals.
Z/6840 Thomas Henry Farndale (FAR00699) served in the Royal Navy Reserve in London in the first World War. He was a telegraphist.
William Farndale (FAR00647) served with the Canadian Army, 28th Saskatchuan Regiment. He served in France where he was wounded from bayonet wounds. In 1918 he was back in Regina taking people to hospital when he contracted ‘flu from which he died. 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. He was buried in Earl Grey, Saskatchewan. See also the For King and Country website.
William Farndale of Tidkinhow
131820 Lance Corporal William Farndale (FAR00639), 25, from Great Ayton, served in 235th Army Troops Company, Royal Engineers. He achieved the rank of Lance Corporal, Royal Engineers Class ‘P’ AR. He enlisted on 17 November 1915 and was discharged on 30 December 1918. The cause of discharge was Para 392 (xvia)(Gas psng). He was awarded the Victory Medal, British Medal and Silver Badge Roll 11 November 1919. The Silver War Badge was awarded to most servicemen and women who were discharged from military service during the First World War, whether or not they had served overseas. Expiry of a normal term of engagement did not count and the most common reason for award of the badge was King’s Regulations Paragraph 392 (xvi), meaning they had been released on account of being permanently physically unfit. This was as often a result of sickness, disease or uncovered physical weakness and war wounds. Soldiers discharged during the war because of disabilities they sustained after they had served overseas in a theatre of operations (an area where there was active fighting) could also receive a King’s Certificate. Entitlement to the Silver War Badge did not necessarily entitle a man to the award of a King’s Certificate, but those awarded a Certificate would have been entitled to the Badge. The main purpose of the badge was to prevent men not in uniform and without apparent disability being thought of as shirkers – it was evidence of having presented for military service, if not necessarily serving for long.
27364 Private William Farndale served with the East Yorkshire Regiment and was awarded the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.
15271 Private (later Corporal) William Farndale (FAR00651) served with the Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards). He arrived in France on 27 August 1915. He was awarded the Victory Medal, British Medal, and 15 Star.
1813 and 475088 Private William Claude Farndale (FAR00682) served with the 1/2 East Anglian Area Field Ambulance Company, Royal Army Medical Corps. He was attested on 16 September 1913 at Norwich, aged 17 years and 2 months (in fact he was 16, so perhaps gave an older age in order to enlist), a tinsmith at Barrow Works. He lived at 19 Onley Street. There is a record on 7 May 1919 of his bounty of £15, with £5 for present use and £10 to be issued subsequently as laid down in the Army Order. His Medal Records show he served in the Balkans and was awarded the Victory Medal and British War Medal and 15 Star. He was demobilised on 3 August 1919.
12035 Private William H Farndale (FAR00655) served with the Royal Army Medical Corps, then as 53270 in the Lancashire Fusiliers. He arrived in France on 12 September 1915 and was awarded the Victory Medal, British Medal, and 15 Star.
436 and 403261 Private William Jameson Farndale (FAR00677) served with the Royal Army Medical Corps and was awarded the Victory Medal and British War Medal.
Lieutenant Graham Price was the brother in law of the Rev W E Farndale (FAR00576). He went to Flanders in 1914 as a despatch rider. Towards the end of 1915 he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps. He held the record in his squadron for the number of air duels (fifteen) he had fought. He was also an artillery observer over enemy lines. He was killed in action on 21 March 1916 when he received a bullet in the heart in an air battle. See Lieutenant Graham Price.
The Inter War Years
543695 Charles Farndale (FAR00738) was born at Huttons Ambro and became a groom. He enlisted into the Royal Tanks Corps on 9 May 1924. He attested at Winchester. He served with the 13/18th and 15th/19th Hussars in 1924 and 1925.
The West Sussex County Times, 23 November 1934: ROYAL SUSSEX REGIMENT WIN REPLAY. 4TH BATTALION QUEEN’S ROYAL REGIMENT 0; 4TH BATTALION ROYAL SUSSEX REGIMENT 5 (Pte Farndale 4, Pte Burchell). The side representing the 4th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment was in splendid form on Saturday when it defeated the 4th Battalion Queens Royal Regiment at Mitcham by five goals to nil. It was a replayed match in the first round of the Territorial Army Cup Competition. Play was fairly even at the start but gradually the Royal Sussex began to assert themselves and they showed a marked superiority. After 10 minutes, Birchell on the visitors left wing, centred for Farndale to score. The Royal Sussex kept up the pressure and again from Burchell’s centre Farndale headed in a lovely goal shortly after the resumption. Standing started a movement which resulted in Burchall racing forward and driving home number three. Farndale scored his third when he gathered a nice centre from Fenner, and shot well out of Salter’s reach. The Royal Sussex were well on top during the closing stages and the home side's defence underwent a severe gruelling. Five minutes from time Farndale beat Salter for possession and had no difficulty in putting in the fifth goal. 4th battalion the Royal Sussex Regiment: Private Stanford, Private Kent, Private Boxall, Private Lawrence, Corporal Ansell, Lance Corporal Linfield, Sergeant Fencer, Lieutenant Woolcock, Private Farndale, Private Standing and Private Burchall.
The Second World War
Raymond Farndale (FAR00804) served with the Royal Newfoundland Artillery. Raymond W S Farndale, served in 59th (Newfoundland) Heavy Regiment Royal Artillery as 970929 Gunner RWS Farndale in England. He left Halifax on 6 Jun 1940 and went to 23 OCTU at Catterick in March 1943 and was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in September 1943. He was posted to 23rd Heavy Battery, 59th (Newfoundland) Heavy Regiment RA at Ashford Kent. 20th and 23rd Heavy Batteries were given 155mm guns and 21st and 22nd Heavy Batteries were given 7.2-inch guns. The Regiment trained in Northumberland but by July1944 it was at Worthing in Sussex. It went to France and took part in the battles for Caen. By VE-Day it was at Hamburg. Lieutenant RWS Farndale RA went back to Canada in September 1945 with the Defence Medal, the 1939-45 Star and War Medal with a Mention in Dispatches. He joined 166th (Newfoundland) Field Regiment RCA (Reserve) and was with them until 1954, retiring as a Major, earning the Canadian Forces decoration (CD). He became an accountant and lived at St Johns, Corner Brook, Toronto and Halifax
Raymond Farndale, RCA, 1943
4272378 Cyril Ernest Farndale (FAR00872) enlisted into the Royal Artillery on 30 August 1939 and was discharged on 12 July 1942. He served in 100 Anti Tank Regiment Royal Artillery.
Gordon Farndale (FAR00819) served with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Wilfred Gordon Farndale, served as a Flight Lieutenant in the RCAF in World War 2 in Europe and then became an accountant.
Gordon Farndale, 1944
Clarence Edward Farndale (FAR00850) served with the Royal Canadian Navy.
Clarence Farndale, 1960 Clarence and Gordon Farndale
Brigadier Cecil Farndale Phillips (PHI0001 – see also http://www.generals.dk/general/Phillips/Cecil_Farndale/Great_Britain.html and http://www.pegasusarchive.org/normandy/cecil_farndale_phillips.htm). Lieutenant-Colonel Phillips was commanding 47 (Royal Marine) Commando during the assault in the Le Hamel area on 6th June 1944. The task of this Commando was to land behind the right assault brigade (231st Brigade) of the Division and after passing through it advance and capture Port En Bessin, a distance of some eight miles. Owing to the high wind and tempestuous seas several of the assault landing craft were swamped and the occupants had to swim for it - much equipment and many arms were lost. Undismayed by this fortune Lieutenant-Colonel Phillips soon had his men assembled and re-organised, those without weapon and equipment being made up from captured enemy material, and the advance began. Soon after passing through the leading elements of 231st Brigade the Commando ran up against stiff resistance and from then on until the port fell to them the next day they had to fight the whole way. Never once did they falter or hesitate and by the skill and leadership and determination of Lieutenant-Colonel Phillips each successive point of resistance was methodically and relentlessly overpowered - some 250 prisoners were captured as well as a large number of enemy killed. The defence of the port was stronger than had been anticipated, and included some well armed flak ships. It was defended stubbornly and with great tenacity, but the commando was not to be denied and by great feat of arms and endurance finally triumphed. This outstanding achievement was largely due to Lieutenant-Colonel Phillips' gallant conduct and resolution, the inspiring example he set and his exceptional qualities as a leader and commander. After the conclusion of the Normandy campaign, Lieutenant-Colonel Phillips continued to lead No.47 Commando until January 1945. He was subsequently promoted to Brigadier and given command of the 116th Infantry Brigade RM. For his service with both of these units in the Netherlands, he was made a Knight Commander of the Order of Oranje Nassau with Swords. His citation reads: The above named officer commanded 47 (Royal Marine) Commando during the assault landing on Walcheren and later, until January 1945, on River Maas North of Ousterhout, when he returned to the United Kingdom on promotion. He returned the following month in command of 116th Infantry Brigade RM which was deployed on the River Maas between Tilburg and 's-Hertogenbosch. During the months of March and April the Royal Netherlands Brigade served under command and took part in many highly successful raids in strength across the river, notably at Hedel. In 1945 he was Commanding Officer 116th Brigade Royal Marines, North-West Europe. Joined Royal Marines 1923; Adjutant, Plymouth Div Royal Marines 1931-1934; HMS SUSSEX 1934-1937; battleship HMS RODNEY 1937; HMS ACHILLES (New Zealand) 1937-1939; World War II 1939-1945; aircraft carrier HMS COURAGEOUS 1939; Staff College, Camberley 1940; General Staff Officer Grade 2, 1 Div 1941; General Staff Officer Grade 1, Royal Marine Div 1942; 47 Commando, Royal Marines 1943-1944; Commander, 116 Infantry Bde, Royal Marines 1945; Fleet Royal Marine Officer, British Pacific Fleet 1945-1946; Joint Sevices Staff College 1947-1948; School of Amphibious Warfare 1949-1950; Commander, 3 Commando Bde, Royal Marines, Malaya 1951-1952; Commander, Portsmouth Group Royal Marines 1952-1954; Chief of Amphibious Warfare 1954-1957
4460826 Private James Farndale (FAR00833) served with the 2nd Battalion The West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own). He died of wounds on 16 March 1941 at Keren, Eritrea, aged 25, and his memorial is at Memorial 3.A.3, Keren War Cemetery.
1824896 Sergeant Bernard Farndale (FAR00783) served with 115th Squadron RAF, and was killed in action over Denmark on 30 August 1944. On the night before 30 August 1944 nearly 600 RAF bombers flew over Denmark on bombing raids to Königsberg and Stettin. Particularly the planes for Stettin were attacked by German night fighters, when they were passing the northern part of Jutland and the Kattegat. LAN ME718 was hit and flew for a moment through the air before it crashed like a burning torch at Oue (about 400 m west of Rinddalsvej in Denmark). All of the bomb load exploded on impact. All of the crew were killed.ME718 was attacked by a German night fighter and caught fire. At approx. 00:10 hours it crashed near Ove northeast of Hobro killing all onboard. The bomb load exploded when the Lancaster hit the ground spreading wreckage and human remains over a wide area. The Germans did not want to collect the human parts and left them in the field. The locals were abused by this behaviour and collected the remains in wickerwork baskets. The Wehrmacht ordered the Danes to hand the baskets over, and these were thrown in the crater at the crash site and covered it. When the Germans had left the area, the locals together with members of the Civil Air Defence opened the crater and placed the remains in a coffin which was driven to Ove church. On 4/9 1944 the flyers were laid to rest in Ove cemetery unknown to the Wehrmacht, Vicar A. Bundgård officiating at the graveside ceremony. The crew was: Pilot F/Lt Edward Chatterton RCAF, Flt. Engr. Sgt Bernard Farndale, Air bomber Anthony Michael Kovacich RCAF, Navigator P/O William George Sankey, W/Op Sgt Leslie Taylor, Air Gnr. P/O John Couzens Reeb, Air Gnr. Sgt Donald Bullock. The German Wehrmacht took no steps to bury the mortal remains of the 7 airmen in a decent manner. This caused heart felt disagreements between the Danish bomb expert, other Danes and the Germans. Later a coffin was procured. It was secretly brought to the chapel of rest by the civil defence. On 4 November, 1944 the vicar A. Bundgård carried out the funeral. The coffin was decorated with flowers, but there were only a few mourners. Apparently the German Wehrmacht knew nothing of this funeral. (Source: FAF). As the German did not want to pick up the many parts of bodies of the airmen, Danes picked them up into baskets. The Wehrmacht ordered the Danes to hand over the baskets which then were buried at the crash site. Danes later disinterred the bodies when the Germans had left the area, procured a coffin and took it to the chapel of rest at Oue Churchyard. (Source: Hjemmeværnets Historiske Samling i Himmerland about this plane and its crew.) One of those killed was Sergeant (Flight Engineer) Bernard Farndale, 25, was the son of Arthur Edwin and Mary Annie Farndale, of Robin Hood's Bay, Yorkshire, United Kingdom. (Source: CWGC).
519912 Corporal Albert Farndale, Royal Air Force (FAR00820).
Ronald M Farndale (FAR00852) served with the 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.
Sergeant William Derrick Farndale (FAR00811) was patrol leader of the Withensea patrol on the east Yorkshire coast.
521789 Corporal Henry Stuart Farndale (believed to be FAR00832) served with the Royal Air Force. He was a pilot under training and his aircraft crashed and he was killed on 11 May 1945. His grave is at Section V Grave 265, Leeds (Lawns Wood) cemetery..
185589, Private (later Lieutenant) William Arthur James Farndale (FAR00829) served with the Royal Army Ordnance Corps.
Bertram George Farndale (FAR00855) served as a sergeant in the RAOC 1940 -45.
19199623 James Noel Farndale (FAR00889) served with the US Army Air Corps in World War 2 in USA and in Europe. He enlisted at Las Vegas into the Air Corps on 15 December 1942 as a Private.
36014559 Private Richard W Farndale (FAR00851C) attested into the army on 28 March 1941 at Chicago, Illinois. He was a Mechanic with the 43rd Division for 32 months in the Pacific.
The Cold War years
General Sir Martin Farndale KCB (FAR00911) joined Indian Army 1946 and was commissioned into Royal Artillery October 1948 from the first intakes at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He served Egypt, Germany, Malaya, N Ireland, South Arabia. He retired January 1988 as Commander in Chief of the British Army of the Rhine and commander of the Northern Army Group of NATO. He was awarded the General Service Medal, Malaya and for Northern Ireland and for South Arabia; the Coronation Medal; CB; KCB; and the Canadian Medal. Martin Farndale was the inventor of the Farndale Cocktail. He died on 10 May 2000.
Keith Alan Farndale (FAR00976) was from New Zealand, but served as a Petty Officer in the Royal Navy.
James Henry Farndale (FAR01064) served with 1st Battalion Kings Own Scottish Borderers.
Gary R Farndale (FAR01121) served with the British Army on The Rhine.
Gulf War 1
522843 Major Richard Farndale (FAR01122) was commissioned into Royal Artillery in 1987 from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and served in Germany, UN Forces Cyprus 1990, and as an artillery forward observation officer during the First Gulf War 1991, Adjutant First Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, 105 Regiment TA Scotland. He was awarded the UN Medal (UN Forces Cyprus), and the Gulf War Medal.