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World War 1 & 2 Roll of Honour
Compiled and copyright © Sue Stanton 2018

The Farthingstone Roll of Honour is located within the church of St. Mary the Virgin, Farthingstone. It takes the form of a hand produced illuminated scroll in a brass frame, those who died in in World War 1 are listed first, 6 names and then those who served and returned next. At the foot of the scroll are two names who served and returned from World War 2.

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Church of St Mary The Virgin
of those who served in

The Following Six


GREY John William
Rifleman 41611, 22nd Entrenching Battalion, formerly 11th/13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles, formerly 30325 [CWGC] or 30335 [SDGW], Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action 28th March 1918. Aged 27. Born 1890 in Farthingstone, enlisted Daventry. Son of Annie Grey, (no father named). He was living with his mother and grandfather, William Grey, in a cottage on Main Street, in 1891. In 1901, he is living with Annie and his stepfather, John Chambers, in Hope Cottage and in 1911 he is listed as a farm labourer, living in Glebe House, married to Elizabeth Russell (nee Newnham), with their son Cecil. At the time of John William’s death, Elizabeth was living at “Waterloo”, Daventry. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 74 to 76.
HOLTON Leonard
Private 14598, 18th (Queen Mary's Own) Hussars. Killed in action 20th November 1917, in Flanders, aged 30. Groom at Littlecourt. Aged 23 in 1911 census, born Newton Purcell in 1888. No known grave. Commemorated on CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL, Nord, Pas-de-Calais, France. Panel 1.
HURST [Herbert] Harry
Private 18378, 1st Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Died of influenza/pneumonia in Italy 18th December 1918. Born 1892, in Delph, Yorks. Son of Angus James Hurst and Charlotte Hurst, of Farthingstone, Northants; husband of L. M. Hurst, of 34, Market Place, Doncaster. Listed in the 1911 census in West Riding, occupation, Railway Clerk. Married Lucy May Atkin, on 15th December 1915. (Lucy later married Harry’s brother, Angus, in 1921). His father, Angus James (retired policeman), who was living in Farthingstone in 1915, signed his son’s attestation papers. Buried at TARANTO TOWN CEMETERY EXTENSION, Puglia, Italy. PlotI. Row E. Grave 6. Inscription reads, “In loving memory”.
JAMES Horace Edmund
Private G/43500, 1st Battalion, Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment). Posted as killed in action 2nd November 1916 in the Battle of the Somme in France. Born 1897, resident Farthingstone, enlisted Towcester. Awarded Victory Medal and the British War Medal posthumously. In the 1911 census aged 14, living at Wood Farm with his father, John T. H. James, occupation farm labourer. No known grave. Commemorated at THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 12 D and 13.
Gunner 102447, 23rd Anti-Aircraft Battery, Royal Horse Artillery. Died of Tuberculosis 9th March 1916. In the 1911 census he was a farm labourer living in Church Cottage with his parents, William and Elizabeth Jeffery. Buried at LONGUENESSE (ST. OMER) SOUVENIR CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 37.
OSBORN [Thomas] Russell

[Spelt OSBORNE in records] Lance Corporal 241828, 18th Entrenching Battalion late 12th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 24th March 1918, in France and Flanders. Aged 29. Born 1889 in Farthingstone, resident Weedon, enlisted Northampton. Russell lived in the West End, with his grandparents, Thomas and Sarah; he was 21 in the 1911 census. His parents, Esther Ann Osborn and Thomas Wallis, married after Russell’s birth and he kept the family name. His mother is listed as Mrs. E. A. Wallis (formerly Osborn), of 4 Victoria Terrace, St. Andrew's Rd., Northampton. Grandson of Sarah Osborne, of Farthingstone. Two of his brothers also served in the war. Thomas Edmund Reginald (Wallis) died in 1916, aged 20 and is buried in Ovillers Military Cemetery. George Wallis served with the Field Artillery and survived the war but died in the 1930’s, having contracted TB, supposedly from working with the horses. Formerly 6640, 8th Battalion,, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Buried at CHAUNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY BRITISH EXTENSION, Aisne, France. Plot 2. Row J. Grave 9. The inscription on his headstone reads, “Not dead but sleeping”.

Note: The extension of the cemetery was made after the Armistice, for the burial of remains brought in from the battlefield of the Aisne and from smaller cemeteries in the surrounding countryside. The cemetery extension covers an area of 3,729 square metres.

Served and returned
AGNEW Ewan Siegfried
Born in 1893, son of Phillip and Georgette Agnew, Littlecourt. 2nd Lieutenant with the 5th Lancers Special Reserve, General Headquarters Staff. He died in 1930, from an illness contracted during the war. The Cloister in the village Joy Mead, was built to commemorate Ewan and "those known to Farthingstone, who lost their lives in the Great War".
BURT Herbert
Born in 1888 in Farthingstone, son of Samuel and Martha Ann. He is 13 in the 1901 census, living in Bank Cottages and is employed as a ploughboy. In the 1911 census, he is single and is now a farm labourer. Married Gladys Mabel Wright, in Fletton and died in 1956 in Peterborough.
In the 1911 census, he and his wife Harriet, were living in Maidford Road. He was the Head Gardener at Littlecourt, for 53 years and was involved in the creation of the Joy Mead. He served in the Royal Engineers, mainly in the Middle East. In 1939, he is a Head Gardener, living in one of Littlecourt Cottages and is also Chief Air Raid Warden. He was born in Putney, in 1879 and died in 1972, aged 91. He is buried in the cemetery
West End. Born in Farthingstone in 1896. He was 15 in 1911, living with his parents John and Ellen and was working on a farm. In 1939, he was a horseman working on a farm, living in a cottage near the school and married to Edith. He died in 1963 and is buried in the cemetery.
DARBY J Wilfrid
Born in Farthingstone in 1887 and lived in the Kings Arms. He died in Northampton in 1943.
DARBY Sidney
Brother to John. Born in Farthingstone, in 1897. Their father, John Darby, died in 1900 and their mother, Ellen, took over the tenancy of the Kings Arms.
No further information currently available
ELAM Alfred Albert
Born in Daventry 1880. May 31st 1915, enlisted with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment Reg. No. 49556 April 15th 1919, discharged from the Northumberland Fusiliers Reg. No. 17328. He suffered a wound from a rifle shot in his left thigh, on March 18th 1917. He was awarded the Victory medal and the British War Medal. In the 1881 census, he is living in Daventry with his parents, Alfred, a groom and his mother, Emily. In the 1891 census, he is 11 and living with his mother Emily, in Magpie Row. His father, Alfred, died in 1884, aged 44. He married Agnes Tyrell in 1902, at Stoke, Warwickshire. In the 1911 census, he is employed as a Humber bricklayer (?) In the 1939 register, he is aged 79 and is a builder’s labourer. He died in 1954, in Coventry.
No further information currently available possibly son of Ellen, in the 1911 census.
GUNBY Daniel
Born in Leicester to John William and Mary Gunby. In the 1901 census, he is living in Pansion Row. In the 1911 census, he is aged 14 and working as a farm labourer. He served in the Royal Field Artillery and the Royal Engineers, Regimental No. 500720 and was awarded the British War medal and the Victory medal. He died in 1973, in Rugby.
Brother to Daniel, also born in Leicester. In the 1911 census, he was aged 13 and was at school. Their father, John William, was a labourer at the Army Ordnance Stores. They were half-brothers to Arthur Jordan. He served in the 4th Northamptonshire Regiment and died in June 1918, after discharge from the army.
HAYNES Thomas Harold
Born 1876 in Farthingstone. In the 1911 census he was aged 24, living with his parents, Thomas Robert and Mary Elizabeth Haynes and was employed as an assistant butcher. In the 1901 census, the family are living in Hawley Gardens.
No further information currently available
Angus John, b. 1887 in Delph, Yorks. Brother of Herbert Harry Hurst. Served as a Private in the Royal Army Service Corps, Regimental No. S4/215900. He was awarded the British War and Victory medals. He married Harry’s widow, Lucy, in 1921. His father lived in Farthingstone.
Born in Litchborough in 1889.In the 1911 census he is aged 21 and serving as an Able Seaman, aboard HMS Britomart Gunboat, in Hong Kong. He served in the war and was awarded the Star, Victory Medal and the British War Medal. Service No. 233876. He died in Kettering in 1969.
IVENS Leonard B
Born in Litchborough in 1884.In the 1911 census, he was a butcher in Litchborough. In the 1939 register, he is living in Home Dale and is a sheep, arable and Dairy Farmer and is also a special constable. He died in 1973. Regimental No. 1188, 145427. Served with the Northamptonshire Yeomanry.
Brother to Horace. In the 1911 census, John Percy is 15 and living at Wood Farm, and his occupation is given as a farmer’s son, working on farm. He was a Private in the Middlesex Regiment, No. 43357 and served in France between July 1916 and March 1918. He was discharged from the army in September 1918, after being wounded in battle in 1918. He was "hit by a revolver bullet and taken prisoner by the enemy for about a quarter of an hour. Taken to hospital, where his wound healed in course of about 3 months". He emigrated to Victoria, Australia in 1925.
No further information currently available
JORDAN Arthur Ernest
Born in 1886 in Farthingstone. Gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery. In the 1891 census, he is 4 and living with his mother, Mary and grandparents, George and Elizabeth. In the 1901 census, he is 14, living with his grandparents and is employed as a ploughboy. In the 1911 census, he is a boarder in Woodford Halse and employed as a coalman for the Great Central Railway. He married Sarah Ann Brookes in 1911. Died 1939 (buried in cemetery)
MALIN Harold
Born in Farthingstone in 1895 to Tom, a jobbing bricklayer and Eliza Jane. In the 1901 census, he is aged 5 and living in Gibbons Row. In the 1911 census, he is 15 and working as a labourer. He married Gertrude Clifton from Litchborough (daughter of a domestic coachman) in 1919 and in 1939 they are living in "The Gardens" and Harold is a groom.
He was born in Farthingstone in 1884. In the 1891 census, he is living with his parents, George and Mary in Magpie Row, aged 6. In the 1901 census, he is 16, living in Gibbons Row and is employed as a milkman (cattle). His mother Mary, is now a widow. In the 1911 census, he is a farm labourer working at home. He served with the Northamptonshire regiment and was wounded twice.
MURDIN William
In the 1911 census he is aged 22 and employed as a groom at Littlecourt. Born in Daventry in 1899, parents, David a housepainter (born in Astcote) and mother Sarah (born in Newnham)
OSBORN Foster Jones
Born in Farthingstone in 1884. In the 1901 census, he is 18 and working as an agricultural labourer, living with his parents, George and Annie Osborn, in East End. In the 1911 census, he is 27, employed as a shepherd and living with his mother, Annie Jane Osborn. He served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, Regimental No. 27991 and was hospitalised in Salonika, suffering from Nephritis, in February 1916 and was sent back to England. He was discharged from the army, deemed unfit for war service, on October 3rd 1916. He lived in Woodbine Cottage, (now Willow Cottage). In 1939, his occupation is given as a labourer in the Army Ordnance Depot, at Weedon. He died in 1976, aged 92 and is buried in the cemetery.
PAYNE William
William Henry, jockey and horse trainer, who lived in Heath House. He was born in Southminster, Essex, in 1884. In the 1911 census, he is living in Bugbrooke, with his wife, Gertrude and their two children.In 1914 and 1920, he is listed as a horse trainer, living in Heath House, Farthingstone. He served briefly on the Parish Council. He enlisted with his older brother, John, soon after war was declared and served with the Northamptonshire Yeomanry No. 1008. He trained "Turkey Buzzard", who came 4th in the 1921 Grand National, (only 4 horses finished). In 1922, he was training horses and living in Epsom. He died in 1936 in Chelmsford and was buried in Epsom.
Maidford Road. He was born in Paddington in 1898. In the 1911 census he was 13, living with his father Edward, a groom mother Clara Jane and brother, William. He married Lillian May Tilbury in 1921. He died in Tonbridge, Kent, in 1930.
Brother to Edward. He was born in Paddington in 1899 and died in Northampton General Hospital in 1977.
REEVE Clephan
He was born in S.W. Hackney, in 1899 (parents unknown) and in the 1901 and 1911 censuses, he is living with grandparents, John Thomas Reeve (groom and gardener) and Sarah Elizabeth. He married Ethel Daisy Lee, from Everdon, in 1923. In 1939, he is living in St Andrew’s Road, Northampton, employed as a butcher. He died in Northampton in 1994.
REEVE Ernest
Born in Dirham, Gloucester in 1867. In the 1881 census, he is 14 and living in Everdon Lane, with his parents, John Thomas (coachman) and Sarah Elizabeth. He is employed as a stable boy.
REEVE Ronald Frank
Born in Farthingstone, in 1898. In the 1901 census, he is aged 3 and living in the Manor House, with his parents, John W. (farmer) and Mary A. In the 1911 census, he is 13 and his occupation is given as a farmer’s son working on farm.
Edward James was born in Millbrook, Bedfordshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 20 and boarding with James and Harriet Claydon. He was employed as a gardener at Littlecourt. He was married to Lilian and in 1939, was a chauffeur living at Littlecourt garage. He was also an ARP Warden.
Born in Farthingstone in 1891. In the 1911 census, he is aged 21 and employed as an agricultural labourer, living in Maidford Road, with his parents, George and Eliza. He was later a groom at Littlecourt. In 1939, he is living in Littlecourt Cottage, with his wife, Edith. He is a groom and also an A.R.P. warden.
THOMASON John [Watson]
Gunner M9681, H.M.S. Pembroke I, Royal Marine Artillery. Born in Farthingstone 18th August 1879 and, in the 1891 census, he was 11 and working as an agricultural labourer. He is living with his parents, George and Eliza, in a Cottage on Main Street; brother to Ernest (above). In the 1911 census he was aged 31, born Farthingstone, married Kate in 1908, one daughter; he was a Loco Motor Fireman on the London and North Western Railway, resident 35 Villiers Street, Coventry, Warwickshire. Enlisted 5th August 1914 17th July 1915, height 5 feet 8¾ inches, chest 35 inches, fair hair, blue eyes, fresh complexion. Demobilized 6 April 1919. Baptised 2nd November 1879 in Farthingstone, son of George and Sarah Eliza Thomason. IN the 1939 Register he was an Engine Driver with the London, Midland and Scottish Railway, widowed resident 24 Vecqueray Street, Coventry C.B., Warwickshire. Died 1963 in Warwick Registration District, aged 83.
1939 - 1945
Private 5887645, 1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Killed in action in Italy July 1943. Aged 25. Son of Albert and Hannah Maria Haynes; foster-son and nephew of Mrs. S. A. Burgess, of Towcester, Northamptonshire. Born in Southam, Warwickshire (Army Roll of Honour states Oxfordshire) in 8 May 1918, to Albert and Hannah Maria (Brookes), Hannah Maria died a few days after Arthur’s birth and he was taken in by her younger sister, Sarah Ann and her husband, Arthur Ernest Jordan, and was brought up as their own son. Resident in the 1939 Register with Sarah A (widow) and george E Jordan, at Sunny Row, Daventry R.D., Northamptonshire, a Road Mender by trade. Buried in SYRACUSE WAR CEMETERY, SICILY, Italy. Plot VI. Row B. Grave 11.
EVANS Michael David Agnew
Lieutenant 219282, Royal Horse Guards. Died of wounds on active service in the Middle East 27th December 1942. Aged 23. Son of Major-General Roger Evans, M.C., and Enid Jocelyn Evans; husband of Elizabeth Agnew Evans, of St. John's Wood, London. Buried in ALEPPO WAR CEMETERY, Syria . Plot 2. Row A. Grave 1.

Last updated 7 July, 2019

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