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John Farndale

Sailed as a seaman with Captain Cook on the Friendship



 Able Seaman Giles Farndale

Service: 29 June 1740 - 9 May 1741

Medals and decorations:
Buried: At Sea, Port Royal, West Indies



HMS Experiment taking the Telemaque, 8 July 1757

 William Farndale, Master Mariner (FAR00157)


The records of Abigail Farndale (FAR00192) suggest that William Farndale (FAR00157) became a master mariner.







Private John George Farndale (FAR00337)


Service: About 1853-56 in the Crimea in the 28th of Foot a Yorkshire Regiment.


We are still trying to track down his service. We have a copy of part of a letter he wrote to his father from the Crimeas. There is some evidence that he was in the Guards. He then went to Australia, then to Canada and married in Ontario. My father was in touch with his descendants and we have his full life story, but none of us can get much as yet about his military service.



 The First World War






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104633 Gunner Albert E Farndale (FAR00667)

Service: Royal Garrison Artillery

Medals and decorations: Victory Medal British War Medal

Died: Northallerton 17 Apr 1971









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83795 Private Alfred Farndale (FAR00683)

Service: Machine Gun Corps

My grandfather, born 5th July 1897, joined in 1916 served in France and Mespotamia. Discharged in 1920.

Medals and decorations: Victory Medal, British War Medal, Police Medal WW2

Died: May 1989. Buried Wensley. Yorks


Click here for Nigel Farndale's Article about our Grandfather, Alfred Farndale



Alfred Farndale, East Yorks, 1914



Alfred Mesopotamia


2483 Private Charles E Farndale

Service: Hertfordshire Regiment


Medals and decorations: 15 Star with Clasp



3/28913 Private Charles Farndale (FAR00629)

Service: Leicestershire Regiment & 19th London Regiment

Born Knaresborough 1888

Medals and decorations: Victory Medal


Died: Ripon  16 Feb 1941



15/319 Private (later Lance Corporal) George Farndale (FAR00617)

Service: 15th Battalion The West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own).

Born Guisborough 1888. Arrived in Egypt on 22 December 1915.  Killed in Action on Thursday 3rd May 1917

Medals and decorations: Victory Medal, British war Medal, 15 Star


The West Yorkshire Regiment, aged 30 (ie born 1887) killed in action, France 3 May 1917 Awarded British War medal, the Victory Medal and the1914 - 15 Star. Served in Egypt in Dec 1915

Buried: Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France


Arras Memorial

The Arras Memorial is in the Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, which is in the Boulevard du General de Gaulle in the western part of the town of Arras. The cemetery is near the Citadel, approximately 2 kilometres due west of the railway station.

The French handed over Arras to Commonwealth forces in the spring of 1916 and the system of tunnels upon which the town is built were used and developed in preparation for the major offensive planned for April 1917. The Commonwealth section of the FAUBOURG D'AMIENS CEMETERY was begun in March 1916, behind the French military cemetery established earlier. It continued to be used by field ambulances and fighting units until November 1918. The cemetery was enlarged after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the battlefields and from two smaller cemeteries in the vicinity. The cemetery contains 2,651 Commonwealth burials of the First World War. In addition, there are 30 war graves of other nationalities, most of them German. During the Second World War, Arras was occupied by United Kingdom forces headquarters until the town was evacuated on 23 May 1940. Arras then remained in German hands until retaken by Commonwealth and Free French forces on 1 September 1944. The cemetery contains seven Commonwealth burials of the Second World War. The graves in the French military cemetery were removed after the First World War to other burial grounds and the land they had occupied was used for the construction of the Arras Memorial and Arras Flying Services Memorial. The ARRAS MEMORIAL commemorates almost 35,000 servicemen from the United Kingdom, South Africa and New Zealand who died in the Arras sector between the spring of 1916 and 7 August 1918, the eve of the Advance to Victory, and have no known grave. The most conspicuous events of this period were the Arras offensive of April-May 1917, and the German attack in the spring of 1918. Canadian and Australian servicemen killed in these operations are commemorated by memorials at Vimy and Villers-Bretonneux. A separate memorial remembers those killed in the Battle of Cambrai in 1917. The ARRAS FLYING SERVICES MEMORIAL commemorates nearly 1,000 airmen of the Royal Naval Air Service, the Royal Flying Corps, and the Royal Air Force, either by attachment from other arms of the forces of the Commonwealth or by original enlistment, who were killed on the whole Western Front and who have no known grave. Both cemetery and memorial were designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, with sculpture by Sir William Reid Dick.

No. of Identified Casualties: 34738


19318 Private George Farndale

Service: East Yorkshire Regiment

Born Whitby 1891. Arrived in the Balkans 12th November 1915

Medals and decorations: Victory medal, British medal, 15 Star

Died: Lancaster, 15 May 1954




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89289 Lance Bombardier John Joseph Farndale (FAR00581)

Service: Royal Garrison Artillery

Enlisted:        4th December 1915 . Discharged: 14th December 1918

Medals and decorations:






204344, Acting Sergeant Henry Farndale, RFA (FAR00495)


Awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal




333852 Private George Farndale (FAR00646)


Click here for Loftus Family History Site


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

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Private George Farndale



G1445 Lance Corporal George J Farndale (later Sergeant)

Service: Royal Sussex Regiment

Went to France on 31 May 1915

Medals and decorations: Victory medal, British medal, 15 Star (indication he may have won the MM)



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89289 Gunner John Joseph Farndale (FAR00581)

Service: Royal Garrison Artillery

Enlisted 4 December 1915 and discharged 14 December 1918



011374 Corporal George W Farndale (FAR00614)

Service: RAOC

Born Middlesborough 1897

Medals and decorations : Victory Medal, British War Medal

Died 21 August 1954



4857 Sergeant Herbert Farndale (FAR00652)
238221 2nd Lieutenant H Farndale

Service: 10th Yorkshire Regiment (The Green Howards) & 2nd West Yorkshire Regiment.

Born Guisborough 30 March 1892 Won MM. My grandfather knew him and we have many of his papers. He lived at Brotton

Medals and decorations : Military Medal, Victory Medal, British War Medal

Died Saltburn 23 June 1973


8981 Private Harry Farndale (FAR00688)

Service: East London Regiment & The Labour Corps

Born Stockport 1898. Arrived in France 25th May 1915

Medals and decorations :Victory medal, British medal, 15 Star





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204344 A/Sergeant Henry Farndale

Service: Royal Field Artillery

Born Middlesborough 1897

Medals and decorations : Victory Medal, British War Medal

Died 1952



2898 Private Herbert Farndale (FAR00664)

Service: Norfolk Yeomanry, then as 43302 in the Northern Regiment, then as 37425 in the Royal Berkshire Regiment

2898 Private Herbert A Farndale, Norfolk Yeomanry, later 43302 of the Northamptonshire Regiment, later: 37425 of the Royal Berkshire Regiment, awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal

Medals and decorations : Victory Medal, British Medal



19832 Private James Farndale (FAR00669)

Service: 1st Devonshire Regiment, then as 35864 in the Wiltshire Regiment

Arrived in Egypt 9th October 1915

Medals and decorations: Victory medal, British medal, 15 Star

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.



S/294809 Private John Farndale

Service: Army Service Corps

Medals and decorations: Victory medal, British medal



38005 A/Corporal John W Farndale

Service: Lincolnshire Regiment, then as 29415 in the Labour Corps

Born Guisborough 1899

Medals and decorations: Victory Medal, British War Medal

Died 1970




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L/28839 Driver John W Farndale

Service: Royal Field Artillery

Born Malton 1894

Medals and decorations: Victory Medal, British War Medal
Died 29 June 1954



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151907 Gunner John W Farndale

Service: Royal Garrison Artillery
Born 1893

Medals and decorations: Victory Medal, British War Medal
Died 2 March 1973



26042 Private John W Farndale

Service: East Yorkshire Regiment, then as 570018 in the Labour Corps

Medals and decorations: Victory Medal, British Medal



William Farndale (FAR00647)

Service: Canadian Army, 28th Saskatchuan Regiment

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. He was my great uncle.

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

Medals and decorations: ...

Buried Earles Grey, Saskatchuan


William Farndale of Tidkinhowe

James Farndale (FAR00607)


Service: US Army, joined up 1917

Went to France. Left the Army in 1919 and eventually became State Senator for Nevada. He was my great uncle

Medals and decorations:



James Elliot Farndale

Service: US Army Air Corps 1914-45

Served in Europe. He was the son of James Farndale, above

Died Dallas, Texas



13/820 Lance Corporal William Farndale

Service: Royal Engineers

Medals and decorations: Victory Medal, British Medal



27364 Private William Farndale

Service: East Yorkshire Regiment


Medals and decorations: Victory Medal, British Medal


See For King and Country website

15271 Private (later Corporal) William Farndale

Service: Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards)

Arrived in France 27th August 1915

Medals and decorations: Victory Medal, British Medal, 15 Star





12035 Private William H Farndale (FAR00655)

Service: Royal Army Medical Corps, then as 53270 in the Lancashire Fusiliers

Arrived in France 12th September 1915

Medals and decorations: Victory Medal, British Medal, 15 Star




403261 Private William Jameson Farndale RAMC (FAR00677)


Awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

(Medal Rolls)





436 and 403261 Private Will Jameson Farndale (FAR00677)

Service: Royal Army Medical Corps

Medals and decorations: Victory Medal, British Medal





Charles Farndale

Service: 8th/18th Hussars

Medals and decorations:



3758 & 201065 Private Richard Farndale (FAR00681)


Military Service:

201065 Private Richard Farndale aged 20 of the 1/4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment died at 21st CCS in France of broncho-pneumonia on 25th February 1917. (Therefore born in 1897). He enlisted at Redcar, resident at Coatham. He died in France on 25 Feb 1917 with the 1/4th (TA) Battalion of the Princess of Wale’s Own Yorkshire Regiment, also known as the Green Howards. 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 Dec 1916 it was at Bazentin le Petit and in reserve at Flers on 7 Jan 1917. On 11 Jan the battalion moved to the front line ar ‘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.

(Service Records)


Service: 4th Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards)


Enlisted at Redcar, and was living at Coatham. 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. Son of George and Mary Farndale of 6, High Street, Coatham, Redcar Yorkshire. His name is on a War Memorial at Coatham.

Died 26 February 1917, 4th Bn Yorkshire Regiment, aged 19, son of George and Mary Farndale of 6 High Street, Coatham, Redcar, Yorkshire


Medals and decorations: Victory Medal, British War Medal

Buried at La Neuville Communal Cemetery, Corbie, Somme




La Neuville Communal Cemetary, Corbie


Corbie is a village 15 kilometres south-west of Albert and approximately 23 kilometres due east of Amiens. La Neuville Communal Cemetery is north of the village.

In April 1916, No 21 Casualty Clearing Station came to La Neuville and remained there throughout the 1916 Battles of the Somme, until March 1917. La Neuville British Cemetery was opened early in July 1916, but burials were also made in the communal cemetery. Most of them date from this period, but a few graves were added during the fighting on the Somme in 1918. The communal cemetery contains 186 Commonwealth burials of the First World War. The graves form one long row on the eastern side of the cemetery.

No. of Identified Casualties: 186

247529 T/Warrant Officer Class I Joseph Farndale

Service: Army Service Corps

Medals and decorations: Victory Medal, British Medal



Tim Farndale of Tidkinhow




016314 Private Joseph Farndale

Service: Army Ordnance Corps

Medals and decorations: Victory Medal, British Medal



44768 Private Robert Farndale (FAR00606)


Service: KOYLI, then as 426393 in the Labour Corps, then asG/30179 in the Royal Sussex Regiment

44768 Private Robert Farndale, KOYLI, later 426393 in the Labour Corps, awarded British War and Victory Medals. (Not certain to be him?)

Born Harlepool 1877

Medals and decorations: Victory Medal, British War Medal




The Second World War



Raymond Farndale (FAR00804)


Service: Royal Newfoundland Artillery

Captain Raymond Farndale, RCA, served in Normandy?

Medals and decorations: Defence Medal, the 1939-45 Star and War Medal with a Mention in Dispatches

Raymond WS 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


Gordon Farndale

Service: Royal Canadian Air Force

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Gordon Farndale, 1944


Clarence Edward Farndale (FAR00850)

Service: Royal Canadian Navy

Medals and decorations:


Clarence Farndale, 1960


Brigadier Cecil Farndale Phillips

I have found a reference at to:
Cecil Farndale Phillips, Brigadier

(1905- ) (Royal Marines )

1945 - Commanding Officer 116th Brigade Royal Marines, North-West Europe

1945 - Commanding Officer 116th Brigade Royal Marines, North-West Europe

1945 - Commanding Officer 116th Brigade Royal Marines, North-West Europe
As yet I have not been able to identify him!

But he may be PHILLIPS, Sir Farndale (1905-1961), Major General

Service biography
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




Did he take his name Farndale from a relation?


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.





4460826 Private James Farndale (FAR00833)

Service: 2nd Battalion The West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own)

Died 16th March 1941 at Keren, Eritrea, aged 25, son of James and Margaret Farndale of Stockton-on-Tees.

Died aged 24 on 16 March 1941, son of James and Margaret Farndale of Stockton-on-Tees, Co Durham

Memorial 3.A.3, Keren War Cemetery


4460826 Private James Farndale aged 24 of the West Yorkshire Regiment died of wounds on 16th March 1941 in Eritrea


Keren War Cemetary


The small town of Keren is about 90 kilometres west of Asmara. Keren War Cemetery is 2 kilometres west of the town. The site, on top of the famous Keren pass and overshadowed by Cameron's Ridge on the opposite side of the road, was presented by the Chief and the Community of Ad Hadembas, and an inscription recording this has been built into the cemetery wall.

Keren was the last Italian stronghold in Eritrea and the scene of the most decisive battle of the war in East Africa in February and March 1941. Guarding the entrance from the western plains to the Eritrean plateau, the only road passing through a deep gorge with precipitous and well fortified mountains on either side, Keren formed a perfect defensive position. On these heights the Italians concentrated some 23,000 riflemen, together with a large number of well sited guns and mortars. A preliminary assault by United Kingdom and Indian troops was repulsed after a week of bitter fighting, although they gained and held a valuable position on Cameron's Ridge, on the left of the road. The final battle began a month later. After ten days of gruelling combat the Commonwealth troops succeeded in forcing their way through the seemingly impregnable defences on the ridge and finally through the 200 metre long road block which the Italians had blasted at the narrowest point in the pass. Keren was taken on 27 March. The defeated Italian force retreated in some disarray to Asmara, which fell to Commonwealth forces on 1 April, and the Italian surrender was taken at the port of Massawa on 8 April. KEREN WAR CEMETERY contains 440 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 35 of them unidentified. The KEREN CREMATION MEMORIAL stands within the cemetery and commemorates 285 Sikh and Hindu soldiers from India and Pakistan killed on the Keren battlefield during the Second World War, whose remains were cremated in accordance with their faith. Three East African soldiers are also commemorated on the memorial.

No. of Identified Casualties: 405



1824896 Sergeant Bernard Farndale (FAR00783)


115th Squadron RAF, missing believed killed in action over Denmark, 30 Aug 1944









Ronald  M  Farndale (FAR00852)


Arrived  in  New Zealand   after   war  service  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







521789 Corporal Henry Stuart Farndale

Service: Royal Air Force

Corporal (Pilot under training). Son of Henry and Grace Elizabeth Farndale of Roundhay, Leeds

Sec V Grave 265, Leeds (Lawns Wood) Cemetary

During the First World War, the major hospitals in Leeds were the 2nd Northern General with 1,800 beds and the East Leeds War Hospital with 1,900. Leeds was also one of the principal hospital centres in Yorkshire during the Second World War. Leeds (Lawns Wood) Cemetery contains 138 burial of the First World War, 88 of them forming a war graves plot in Section W. As these graves could not be marked individually, the names of the dead are recorded on a screen wall. The rest of the First World War burials and all of the 67 Second World War burials are scattered throughout the cemetery. A further screen wall bears the names of 105 casualties of both wars buried in Leeds General Cemetery, where their graves could no longer be maintained. In all, there are now 222 First World War casualties and 91 from the Second World War commemorated in the cemetery.

The cemetery also contains Leeds (Lawns Wood) Crematorium, where there is a memorial to 94 Second World War casualties whose remains were cremated.

Could this be Directory Ref 832?

Died 11th May 1945 aged 28




Wilfred Gordon Farndale (FAR00819)

Served as a Flight Lieutenant in the RCAF in World War 2 in Europe and then became an accountant







Bertram George Farndale (FAR00855)


Served as a sergeant in the RAOC 1940 -45




James Noel Farndale (FAR00889)


Served with the US Army Air Corps in World War 2 in USA and in Europe








General Sir Martin Farndale KCB (FAR00901)

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Joined Indian Army 1946. Commissioned into Royal Artillery October 1948 from Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.


Served Egypt, Germany, Malaya, N Ireland, South Arabia. Retired Jan 1988 as C-in-C British Army of the Rhine.


Medals and Decorations: GS Medal, Malaya; GS Medal, NI; GS Medal S Arabi; Coronation Medal; CB; KCB; Canadian Medal

Died 10 May 2000



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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)


Commissioned into Royal Artillery 1987 from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst


Served Germany, UN Forces Cyprus 1990, First Gulf War 1991, 105 Regiment TA Scotland


Medals and Decorations: UN Medal (UN Forces Cyprus), Gulf War Medal