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Private William Farrow 


12956  2nd Battalion Suffolk Regiment


W. Farrow is believed to be William George Farrow, who was born in Elmswell, Suffolk.   It is not known at this time his relationship to George Farrow.  It is possible that he is either a brother or a cousin.  William enlisted in Elmswell and served with the Suffolk Regiment in the same battalion as James Carter. 


In March 1918 the Germans launched a major offensive along the Western Front.  In the early hours of 28th March the 2nd Battalion had arrived at Wancourt, (between Arras and Cambrai) where the trenches were no more than 3 feet deep.  At 4am the enemy opened fire and by 11am had broken through the British line.  By late afternoon the battalion began to withdraw.  In a single day’s fighting it suffered over 400 casualties killed or wounded.  In the summer of 1918 the battalion took part in the Advance to Picardy at the Battle of Albert (21st – 23rd August) during the Second Battle of the Somme (21st August – 3rd September).


William was killed in action on 30th August 1918.  There is no known grave and he is remembered on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, about 10km south west of Arras, France.  The Memorial bears the names of 9,812 casualties from Britain, Ireland and South Africa, who lost their lives between 8th August and 11th November 1918 and who have no known grave.


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