Albert Farron (c.1883-1914)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

FARRON, ALBERT. Private. No 5764. 1st Battalion King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment). Born Christchurch, Ashton-under-Lyne. Enlisted Lancaster. Husband of Beatrice Mary Farron, West End, Golcar. Employed as a weaver by Mr J. E. Crowther, Bank Bottom Mills, Marsden. Enlisted in the army at the age of 16 years, saw service in India and went through the whole of the South African campaign. Re-enlisted at the outbreak of the war.
His wife received the following letter from him telling her that they had landed at Boulogne on 23.8.1914:

We got stuck into the Germans somewhere in the Mons district on the 26th August and a ripping do it was too I can tell you. We had to retire nearly to Paris, the Germans were about 3 to our 1, at least so the papers say and judging by the iron that came over I should say too. So never worry I dodged them that day and I am dodging them yet. The General has complimented our regiment and two Privates of our Company have been mentioned in despatches for bringing in a wounded comrade out of the firing line. They deserve it too. I suppose you will think I am telling you old news but we are only allowed to tell you what happened a month back. I have written this to let you know that I am in France alright. Fine country too, grand farms, tons of fruit and the people, well they would give you anything nearly. We sleep mostly in barns amongst the straw. We are in a barn now and there is about two ton of tobacco leaf behind our heads. Just at present we have lots of smoking stuff but don't forget the writing paper I told you about. I don't know how long the war will last but I think that shortage of money will beat Germany in the end. The fighting in South Africa was soft up to this lot but South Africa could beat it hollow for hardships. Outposts, grub and weather were all worst in South Africa but the scrapping here is mustard. We shall have a Merry Christmas this time you see if we don't.

Reported missing, presumed killed, 20.10.1914, aged 31 years. Has no known grave. Commemorated PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
ROH:- St. John's Church, Golcar.

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