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Biddulph and the Great War

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Lance Corporal Thomas Farr

15223 8th Bn. King’s Own Scottish Borderers died on September 25th 1915 Age 22

In 1901 Thomas was living with his mother Sarah and step-father Frank Harrison at 14, High Street, Brindley Ford. By February 1911 he had joined the 3rd Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment and is shown in the census of that year at Whittington Barracks, Lichfield. Private Farr (9471) was single, aged 18 and born at Newchapel. In 1912 and at St. James, Newchapel, he married Jennie Clutton and at some point after his marriage and before the outbreak of war, Tom and his wife had moved to Methley, Leeds, probably because of employment in the mines there.

Tom appears to have enlisted at Castleford and joined the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, 8th Battalion – number 15223. The 8th KOSB trained at Bordon, Winchester and Salisbury and left for France in July 1915 as part of 15th Scottish Division. They were to fight in the Battle of Loos and it was here that Thomas lost his life. Service records have not been found but we know that Tom was killedin action on September 25th 1915 and is remembered on the memorial at Loos, the Brindley Ford memorial and also the war memorial at Methley. His widow Jennie remained at Methley.

Mike Turnock & Elaine Heathcote.

A list of all the medals awarded to the men of the Biddulph area has been compiled and can be viewed here.


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