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The Royal Navy in 1741

 

Able Seaman Giles Farndale (FAR00137), A press ganged sailor in the Caribbean, who served on HMS Experiment, Buried: At Sea, Port Royal, West Indies 9 May 1741

 

The First World War

 

For the Fallen

Poem by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)

 

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

 

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The memorial at Great Ayton

 

3758 & 201065 Private Richard Farndale (FAR00681) 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. 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) Killed in Action, Arras, on Thursday 3rd May 1917.

 

333852 Private George Farndale (FAR00646) Killed in Action, Arras, on the 27th May 1917.

 

 

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Index to War Deaths 1914-1921 – Army (Other Ranks)

 

 

 

William Farndale (FAR00647) 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.

 

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. Memorial 3.A.3, Keren War Cemetery


1824896 Sergeant Bernard Farndale (FAR00783) 115th Squadron RAF, who was killed in action over Denmark on 30 Aug 1944 during a bombing raid.

 

521789 Corporal Henry Stewart Farndale, (FAR00832) Died 11th May 1945 aged 28, Sec V Grave 265, Leeds (Lawns Wood) Cemetery. He was a pilot under training whose aircraft crashed.

 

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“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

 

HMS Experiment taking the Telemaque, 8 July 1757

 

 

Able Seaman Giles Farndale (FAR00137)

 

Service: 29 June 1740 - 9 May 1741

 

Giles Farndale served in the Royal Navy. It seems very likely that he was press-ganged at Whitby, probably in 1740 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 Jun 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.

 

The ‘Experiment’ was commissioned under Captain Hughes at Deptford between Mar and Jun 1740. On 29 Jun 1740 the ‘Experiment’ was at The Nore (see below), 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 (see below) 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.

Buried: At Sea, Port Royal, West Indies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The CRIMEAN War

 

The Charge of the Light Brigade (Balaclava)

 

BY ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON

 

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Half a league, half a league,

Half a league onward,

All in the valley of Death

   Rode the six hundred.

“Forward, the Light Brigade!

Charge for the guns!” he said.

Into the valley of Death

   Rode the six hundred.

 

II

“Forward, the Light Brigade!”

Was there a man dismayed?

Not though the soldier knew

   Someone had blundered.

   Theirs not to make reply,

   Theirs not to reason why,

   Theirs but to do and die.

   Into the valley of Death

   Rode the six hundred.

 

III

Cannon to right of them,

Cannon to left of them,

Cannon in front of them

   Volleyed and thundered;

Stormed at with shot and shell,

Boldly they rode and well,

Into the jaws of Death,

Into the mouth of hell

   Rode the six hundred.

 

IV

Flashed all their sabres bare,

Flashed as they turned in air

Sabring the gunners there,

Charging an army, while

   All the world wondered.

Plunged in the battery-smoke

Right through the line they broke;

Cossack and Russian

Reeled from the sabre stroke

   Shattered and sundered.

Then they rode back, but not

   Not the six hundred.

 

V

Cannon to right of them,

Cannon to left of them,

Cannon behind them

   Volleyed and thundered;

Stormed at with shot and shell,

While horse and hero fell.

They that had fought so well

Came through the jaws of Death,

Back from the mouth of hell,

All that was left of them,

   Left of six hundred.

 

VI

When can their glory fade?

O the wild charge they made!

   All the world wondered.

Honour the charge they made!

Honour the Light Brigade,

   Noble six hundred!

 

Private John George Farndale (FAR00337)

 

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

 

You will find a record of his service in his record.

 

Below are his letters to his father from the Siege of Sebastopol

 

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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). I think 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 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.

 

The First World War

 

 

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The Battle of Arras, where two Farndales gave their lives

 

 

I have produced a Table showing the details of all Farndales who served during World War 1.

 

 

 

 

 

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104633 Gunner Albert Edward Farndale (FAR00667)

 

Service: Royal Garrison Artillery

 

Medals and decorations: Victory Medal British War Medal

Died: Northallerton 17 Apr 1971

 

 

 

 

 

 Vitai Lampada


THERE'S a breathless hush in the Close to-night -
Ten to make and the match to win -
A bumping pitch and a blinding light,
An hour to play and the last man in.
And it's not for the sake of a ribboned coat,
Or the selfish hope of a season's fame,
But his Captain's hand on his shoulder smote
"Play up! play up! and play the game!"

The sand of the desert is sodden red, -
Red with the wreck of a square that broke; -
The Gatling's jammed and the colonel dead,
And the regiment blind with dust and smoke.
The river of death has brimmed his banks,
And England's far, and Honour a name,
But the voice of schoolboy rallies the ranks,
"Play up! play up! and play the game!"

This is the word that year by year
While in her place the School is set
Every one of her sons must hear,
And none that hears it dare forget.
This they all with a joyful mind
Bear through life like a torch in flame,
And falling fling to the host behind -
"Play up! play up! and play the game!"

 

 

 

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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 Mesopotamia. Discharged in 1920.

 

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


Died: May 1989. Buried Wensley. Yorkshire

 

                                                                                Alfred Farndale, East Yorks, 1914                                  Alfred Mesopotamia

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2216 Private Alfred Farndale, 9th Lancers (FAR00690)

 

Army No: 2216

 

Unit: 9th Lancers

 

Medals and Decorations: British War Medal, Victory Medal and 14 Star.

 

 

 

2483 Private Charles E Farndale (could this be FAR00656. Born 1893)

 

Service: Hertfordshire Regiment

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Medals and decorations: 15 Star with Clasp

 

 

 

Charles Farndale (still to identify)

 

Service: 8th/18th Hussars

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

333852 Private George Farndale (FAR00646)

 

 

 

Private George Farndale

 

 

Click here for Loftus Family History Site

 

See also these letters, some of which are reproduced below

 

Service

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

 

19/4/17

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
Geo.

 

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
Dolly.

P.S. Please excuse pencil.

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

011374 Corporal George William Farndale (FAR00614)

 

Service: RAOC

 

Born Middlesbrough 1897

 

Medals and decorations : Victory Medal, British War Medal


Died 21 August 1954

 

 

 

 

 

19318 Private George Farndale (FAR00646A)

 

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

 

 



 

G/445 Lance Corporal George James Farndale (later Sergeant) (FAR00653)

 

Service: Second Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment

 

Went to France on 31 May 1915

 

Medals and decorations: Victory medal, British medal, 15 Star and the Military Medal for bravery.

 

 

 

S4/199459 George William Farndale (FAR00678)

 

Army No: S4/199459 and TR9/16884 and 18216

 

Service: Army Service Corps and Army Pay Corps

 

See quite extensive military records with his own record.

 

 

 

18981 Private Harry Farndale (FAR00688)

 

Service Numbers: 18981, 577701

 

Units: 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.

 

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

 

There are extensive military records on his own page.

 

 

 

204344 Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant Henry Farndale (FAR00681A)

 

Service: Royal Field Artillery

 

Born Leeds in 1883

 

Medals and decorations: Victory Medal, 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.


Died 1951 in Leeds.

 

 

 

 

 

4857 Sergeant Herbert Farndale (FAR00652)


238221 2nd Lieutenant H Farndale

 

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Herbert Farndale wearing military medal in Green Howards          Herbert Smith at officer training unit in 1918

 

 

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

 

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Died at Brotton 23 June 1973.

 

 

2898 Private Herbert Arthur 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.

 

 

 

211407 Private W James Farndale (FAR00704B)

 

Regimental Number: TR/5/211407; 211407

 

Units: 53rd Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment

 

He joined very shortly before the War ended, immediately upon coming of age.

 

 

 

 

 

James Farndale (FAR00607)

 

Service: US Army, joined up 1917

 

Went to France. Left the Army in 1919 and eventually became State Senator for Nevada.

 

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James in Plymouth, Indiana in 1917

 

 

S/294809 Private John Farndale (FAR00640)

 

Service: Army Service Corps

 

Medals and decorations: Victory medal, British medal

 

 

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89289 Gunner John Joseph Farndale (FAR00581)

 

Service: Royal Garrison Artillery

 

Enlisted 4 December 1915 and discharged 14 December 1918

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

38005 A/Corporal John W Farndale (FAR00698)

 

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

 

Born Guisborough 1899

 

Medals and decorations: Victory Medal, British War Medal

Died 1970

 

 

 

 

26042 Private John W Farndale (FAR00653A)

 

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

 

Medals and decorations: Victory Medal, British Medal

 

 

 

 

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L/28839 Driver John W Farndale (FAR00663)

 

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 (FAR00615)

 

Service: Royal Garrison Artillery

Born 1893

Medals and decorations: Victory Medal, British War Medal

Died 2 March 1973

 

247529 T/Warrant Officer Class I Joseph Farndale (FAR00593)

 

Service: Army Service Corps

 

Medals and decorations: Victory Medal, British Medal

 

 

 

 

 

016314 Private Joseph Farndale (FAR00675)

 

Service: Army Ordnance Corps

 

Medals and decorations: Victory Medal, British Medal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Wales’ 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 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.

(Service Records)

 

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.

 

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

Somme

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

 

 

44768 Private Robert Farndale (FAR00552)

 

Service: King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, then as 426393 in the Labour Corps, then as G/30179 in the Royal Sussex Regiment

 

44768 Private Robert Farndale, KOYLI, later 426393 in the Labour Corps, awarded British War and Victory Medals.

 

Medals and decorations: Victory Medal, British War Medal

 

 

 

Z/6840 Thomas Henry Farndale (FAR00699)

 

Service No Z/6840 served in the Royal Navy Reserve in London in the first World War. He was a telegraphist.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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

 

Buried Earl Grey, Saskatchewan

 

William Farndale of Tidkinhow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

131820 Lance Corporal William Farndale (FAR00639)

 

131820 William Farndale, 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).

 

Medals and decorations: Victory Medal, British Medal. 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

 

Service: East Yorkshire Regiment

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Medals and decorations: Victory Medal, British Medal

 

 

 

See For King and Country website

15271 Private (later Corporal) William Farndale (FAR00651)

 

Service: Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards)

 

Arrived in France 27th August 1915

 

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

 

 

1813 Private William Claude Farndale (FAR00682)

 

Army No: 1813, 475088

 

Service: Private, 1/2 East Anglian Area Field Ambulance Company, Royal Army Medical Corps

 

Attested on 16 September 1913 at Norwich, age 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)

 

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

 

 

 

436 and 403261 Private William Jameson Farndale (FAR00677)

 

Service: Royal Army Medical Corps

 

Medals and decorations: Victory Medal, British Medal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Inter War Years

 

543695 Charles Farndale (FAR00738)

 

Born Huttons Ambro, a groom.

 

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 Second World War

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4272378 Cyril Ernest Farndale (FAR00872)

Enlisted into the Royal Artillery on 30 August 1939 and discharged on 12 July 1942. He served in 100 Anti Tank Regiment Royal Artillery.       

 

 

Gordon Farndale (FAR00819)

 

Service: 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)

 

Service: Royal Canadian Navy

 

 

Clarence Farndale, 1960

 

 

 

Clarence and Gordon Farndale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brigadier Cecil Farndale Phillips

 

I have found a reference at http://www.generals.dk/general/Phillips/Cecil_Farndale/Great_Britain.html to:
 
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.

 

 

 

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?

 

 

 

 

 

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 Cemetery


Eritrea


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, killed in action over Denmark, 30 Aug 1944

 

1824896 Sergeant Bernard Farndale, 115th Squadron RAF, missing believed killed in action over Denmark, 30 Aug 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)

"I know that my redeemer liveth"

He is remembered on The Walls of Names at the International Bomber Command Centre, Ph 2, P 162.

 

 

 

 

519912 Corporal Albert Farndale, Royal Air Force (FAR00820).

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

William Derrick Farndale (FAR00811)

 

Sergeant William Derrick Farndale, was patrol leader of the Withensea patrol on the east Yorkshire coast.

 

 

 

 

521789 Corporal Henry Stuart Farndale (believed to be FAR00832)

 

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) cemetery. He was a pilot under training and his aircraft crashed.

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.

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

 

 

 

185589, Private (later Lieutenant) William Arthur James Farndale (FAR00829)

 

 

Official Gazette, 23 May 1941

 

 

 

 

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.

 

A Mechanic with the 43rd Division for 32 months in the Pacific

 

 

 

 

 

The COLD War YEARS

 

 

General Sir Martin Farndale KCB (FAR00901)

 

 

For fuller biography click here

 

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

 

 

Now read about the Farndale Cocktail

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keith Alan Farndale (FAR00976)

 

 

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)

 

 

Commissioned into Royal Artillery 1987 from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

 

Served Germany, UN Forces Cyprus 1990, First Gulf War 1991,  Adjutant First Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, 105 Regiment TA Scotland

 

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