FARTHING, Walter Leonard

No.45439, Gunner, Walter Leonard FARTHING
Aged 23

135th Battery, Royal Field Artillery
Died of his Wounds on 25th September 1914

Walter Leonard Farthing was born in Culford (1st qtr 1891 Thingoe 4a:754) son of William and Alice FARTHING (née WILDING)

1901 census...Aged 10, he was at 71 Out Westgate,Bury St.Edmunds with his father William FARTHING [38] domestic gardener's labourer; his mother Alice [38]; sister Lily [12]; brothers Alfred [13] grocer's errand boy, all these born in Culford; brother Robert [4], sisters Ethel [8] and Caroline [6] all 3 born in Exning.

1911 census...Aged 22 he was at Barracks in Newcastle -on-Tynes, a gunner in the Royal Field Artillery( having added to his age) At Ickleton Road, Duxford were his parents and brothers Robert and George [9] born Bury St.Edmunds

On the pension card his father was at Hawkedon but when he died his mother Alice moved to Waresley, Gamlingay. The connection with Hawkedon seems fleeting but as with many gardeners, the family moved around quite frequently. The CWGC entry has his parents at Pine Acre Gardens, Sunningdale Berks and born in Hawkedon

His brother Robert was killed in action on 26th August 1914, serving in the Suffolk Regiment see here

He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds on 25th February 1907
Always diffult to locate Artillery, but in this case, with no service record found and dying of wounds at a base hospital, it is impossible to state where he was or when he was wounded.

photo CWGC

Walter Farthing is buried in St.Nazaire (Toutes Aides) Cemetery, France B:24

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