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FARRIS, John William


Name: Cookham School Lane, Cookham
NIWM Ref: 7925
RBWM Ref: WM151

Person Details

Date of birth: 27/11/1882
Place of birth: St. Pancras, Holloway, Middx
Gender: Male
Date of death: 15/06/1915
Place of death: La Brique, Belgium
Manner of death: Killed in action
Age at death: 32
CWGC Ref: 451127
TWGPP Ref: 3785069
Address: 123 King's Road Camden Town London
Address: 15 Hamfield Cottages Lower Road Cookham Rise
Address: Dell Cottages Cookham

Military details

Military Organisation: Army
Military Unit/Group: 3rd Battalion, Rifle Brigade
Rank: Sergeant
Service Number: 7445


Father William Richard FARRIS
Former Wife Rose Helena CHAPMAN (nee ALDRIDGE)
Mother Emily FARRIS (nee LONG)
Father-in-law William ALDRIDGE
Mother-in-law Sarah ALDRIDGE
Brother Frederick FARRIS
Brother Edward James FARRIS
Sister Maud Elizabeth FARRIS
Sister Susannah Miriam FARRIS
Sister Minnie FARRIS

Additional information

John had served in the South African War (presumably in a Field Hospital.) He was serving with the 3rd Battalion Rifle Brigade at Ypres. The Regimental Diaries describe how they were in trenches near the Poperinghe-Ypres road. They were there from 6th -25th June and 64 men were wounded in this time, and 16 died, 2 on the day John lost his life, and. He was killed in action. His wife Rose, was named as next of kin. He is remembered in La Brique military cemetery, No.2, just north of Ypres.
John was born in Hampstead or Holloway in London in 1882, and baptised in November 1882. His family had moved to Cookham by the time he was 8, living in Cookham Rise on the 1891 census . His father William was a cab driver and decorator and his mother Emily had five children at home. They lived in Hamfield Cottages on Lower Road and their neighbours were the Emmetts and the Aldridges. Twenty years on in 1911, he had married his childhood playmate and next door neighbour, Rose Helena Aldridge and moved in with his widowed mother in law Sarah Aldridge and her son William, in Dell Cottages, Cookham Rise. William Aldridge was an assistant dairyman and John Farris is described on the census as an "attendant on the Insane" at the Middlesex Asylum. Meanwhile, his mother and father had three more children, although there are no records found of other sons serving in the forces. Information from the Cookham War Memorial Committee states: "His father and 2 brothers also served, and his sister served in the RAF". Following John's death, Rose married again and moved to London.

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