Private Harry Farrow


Harry (or Henry) Farrow was born in 1898 in Kingsdown Road, Holloway, London, one of three children of general labourer Albert Farrow and his wife Annie Sophia (née Miller). At the time of the 1911 Census he was living at 55 Hawkesley Road, Walthamstow, Essex, with his parents and one surviving sibling.

Farrow enlisted or was called-up to the army on 6 May 1916. At the time he was working as a window cleaner. It is probable that he was posted to a yeomanry regiment, serving in England until 12 September 1918, when he and 55 others were compulsorily transferred to the Corps of Hussars (No.81247) and posted to the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment, which was then serving in France as corps cyclist regiment to V Corps. They embarked at Folkestone for Boulogne that day, joining the regiment in the field six days later.

On 28 February 1919 at Vignacourt Farrow re-enlisted, in the 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen's Bays) (No.29868 – later Army No.390942), serving with that regiment in France until 2 April, then in the Middle East from 22 September 1919 to 17 December 1920. He was discharged on 11 May 1923, his military character recorded as 'very good'.

Farrow later emigrated to Australia. He died in Ballarat, Victoria, in 1979.