Aubrey James Farnham

Name

Aubrey James Farnham

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

25/10/1916
17

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
34174
Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
98th Company

Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

THIEPVAL MEMORIAL
Pier & Face 5C & 12C.
France

UK Memorials

Hertford Town Memorial
Waterford Village War Memorial
Roll of Honour, St Michael’s & All Angels Church, Waterford.

Pre War

Aubrey was born on the 12th March 1899, in Waterford, Herts. The son of George John Farnham and Marianna Farnham (nee Jeans). He was one of 8 children. Aubrey was Baptised on the 30th April 1899, in Bengeo, Herts. The 1901 census records Aubrey aged 2, living in Waterford, Herts, with his parents, 4 sisters and brother and in 1911 as aged 12, at school, living with his parents, sister Elsie 10 and brother Wilfred 6, in Waterford, Herts.

Wartime Service

Aubrey enlisted in Hertford, joining the 2nd/1st Battalion Hertfordshire Regiment Territorial Force on the 5th September 1914, with the service number 2825. He gave his age as 17 years 6 months, (his actual age was 15 years 6 months). His service record shows he served at home from the 5th September 1914 to the 4th May 1916, when he was discharged from the Territorial Force to join the regular Army. Joining the Machin Gun Corps in Grantham, Lincolnshire, in June 1916, with the service number 34174. His Medal Card shows he embarked for France on the 10th June 1916. Aubrey was Killed in Action on the 25th October 1916. During the capture of Dewport and Boritska trenches, part of the Battle of the Somme. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing.

Additional Information

The CWGC records him as the “Son of Mary Farnham, of Waterford, Hertford, and the late George Farnham”.

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox, Stuart Osborne