FARTHING, Reginald Arthur

No.22032, Lance Corporal, Reginald Arthur FARTHING
Aged 22

7th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment
formerly No.1680, Middlesex Regiment
Killed in Action on Friday, 18th August 1916

Reginald Arthur Farthing was born in Culford on 2nd April 1894 ( from school register), but possibly the Arthur Reginald FARTHING birth registered Newmarket Q2-1894 3B:512.

1901 census...Aged 6 he was at The Cottages, Culford with his widowed grandmother Elizabeth FARTHING [64] born Wickhambrook; uncle Charles FARTHING [30] bricklayer's labourer, born Culford; sister Ellen [12] and cousin William BEST (son of Naomi, Elizabeth's daughter) [3] both born in Culford

He was at Culford National/Voluntary School from 2nd April 1894 until 11th June 1906. Ellen's father (could be guardian)is named in the school register as Robert and Robert was name of his grandfather (died 1895). Ellen was living with her grandparents Robert and Elizabeth in 1891

1911 census...Aged 17, farm horseman, he was at Culford with his grandmother, uncle Charles and cousin William Robert BEST.

The pension card has his dependant as Mrs Martha Bruce, of Fornham St Genevieve, the guardian of an illegitimate child, with a pension of 5 shillings per week (25p)

He enlisted in London. The "soldiers personal effects" register has as legatee his grandmother Elizabeth.

The 7th Northants moved forward from Montauban at 4pm on 17th August, relieving the 8th Royal West Kents. There was heavy shelling in the rear area during the night.
The Battalion launched attack at 3 pm on Guillemont Quarry and reached the left half of their objective, the right half being driven back. They were relived on the 19th by the Royal West Kents and went to CRATERS, the old German front line. The war diary records 5 officers and 45 OR killed, 15 officers and 258 OR wounded, 1 officer 49 OR missing.

Reginald Farthing is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial pier/face 11A/11D

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