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Private George Stanley Farrow


G/6746  4th Battalion Middlesex Regiment.


George Farrow was born in Elmswell, Suffolk around 1888.  He was the third son of George and Sarah Elizabeth Farrow.  In 1891 the family were living at 16 Hawk End, Elmswell and his father was employed as a farm labourer.  By 1901 the family of nine had moved to Butterhaugh Farm, Elmswell where his father was described as a ‘steamroller engine driver’.  The family later moved to Great Cornard and lived at 6 Royston Villas. 


George was living in Hornsey, Middlesex, when he enlisted at Mill Hill, and he served with 4th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge’s Own, Middlesex Regiment.  He is recorded as having first served in a ‘theatre of war’ in France on 23rd February 1915.


Between August 1914 and November 1915 the 4th Battalion was part of the 3rd Division.  On 16th June 1915 the battalion saw action during the First Attack at Bellewaarde.  It also saw action at Hooge, near Yprés on 2nd June, 19th and 30th July and 9th August.  In November of that year the battalion was moved to be part of 21st Division and on 1st July 1916 saw action during the First Battle of the Somme at the Battle of Albert (1st – 13th July).   


George was killed in action aged 28 on 1st July 1916.  He lies buried in Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers-la-Boiselle, which is 2 km north-east of Albert, Somme, France.  There are 1,676 British and Commonwealth servicemen remembered at Gordon Dump Cemetery, only 623 of those are identified.


George was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


©Shirley Smith - Sudbury & District Royal British Legion - November 2008