Edmund Farrand (1915-1944)

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Biography

Edmund Farrand was born at Saddleworth[1], the son of Edmund Farrand and his wife Sarah Alice (née Buckley).

By 1921, the family had moved to 45 Wiggin Cross, Linthwaite, where his father worked as a dyers labourer for C. Lockwood & Sons.

He married Mary Parkin in 1939.[2]

During Operation Neptune, usually referred to as D-Day, Edmund served aboard LCF 1[3], a specialised anti-aircraft watercraft equipped with heavy and light AA guns, which provided seaborne support to the Normandy Landings. According to The War of the Landing Craft (1976), LCF 1 sank a German explosive-filled motorboat on 17 August 1944. Unfortunately, as it manoeuvred towards the sunken motorboat, "a time fuse detonated the wreck just beneath her hull" and the majority of the LCF crew were killed.

Edmund Farrand is commemorated on the Christ Church Roll of Honour.

Extracts

Huddersfield Examiner (17/Aug/1946):

FARRAND — Treasured memories today and always of a dear husband and daddy, Marine Edmund Farrand, killed in action at sea, August 17, 1944, buried at Hermanville.

A lonely home, an empty chair,
Something missing everywhere.
We lived in hope and prayed in vain
That soon you would be home again.

Sadly missed by his loving Wife and daughters, Mary, Sheila and Mariline.

FARRAND — In loving memory of a dear son and brother, Marine Edmund Farrand, missing, presumed killed, on active service, August 17, 1944.

Kind were your ways, your friendship true,
You were loved and respected by all you knew.
To a beautiful life came a sudden end,
You died as you lived, everybody’s friend.
A beautiful nature, loyal and true,
One in a million, dear Edmund, were you.

From his loving Mother, Father and Donald.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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Notes and References

  1. Possible birth dates are 16 February 1915 and 16 July 1915 (1939 Register).
  2. Marriage registered Q3 1939 Upper Agbrigg.
  3. Landing Craft Flak.