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FARLEY, William Arthur M.M.

Serjeant 4725

Royal Fusiliers 13th Battalion (City of London Regiment)

Died 13-October-1918 aged 26

William was born in 1892 in Banstead Surrey.

He was the son of Frederick Farley and Emily Parsons of 13 Mint Cottages, Park Road, Banstead.  Frederick Farley, originally from Burgh Heath was a  General Labourer.

William was one of four children, the others recoded in census as an elder brother, Charles Frederick, and two younger sisters, Emily and Rose Farley.

At the age of eighteen William was a domestic gardener in Banstead. 

The 13th (Service) Battalion was formed at Hounslow on 13 September 1914 as part of K3 and attached as Army Troops to 24th Division.

In December 1914, William Married Grace Edith Finch. Grace, born May 1894 in Warsham, Norfolk, was the daughter of John Finch and Elizabeth Sutton.  Her younger brother, Walter Leedell, married Rose Farley, the younger sister of William Farley.

In March 1915 the battalion was transferred to then 111th Brigade of the 37th Division. They landed at Boulogne on 30 July 1915. Sgt William Arthur Farley headstone

William Arthur Farley, Wood Panel, All Saints Church Banstead

Wood panel
All Saints Church

William died of wounds in France in October 1918.


It is possible that William was wounded on the 4th October when the 13th Royal Fusiliers attacked with 13th KRRC and were supported by the 10th Royal Fusiliers. Both battalions were in 111th Brigade on 4th October. The Day-by-Day Account notes that 'attacking at 6 am, they came under fire from a blockhouse and Lewis Farm, which had been missed by the barrage. This hindered the Fusiliers as they performed a wheeling manoeuvre with the aim of taking the dug-outs strung out in the northern part of Gheluvelt Wood. As they wheeled they came under increased fire from Lewis Farm and the blockhouse and were forced to dig in short of their final objective'.

Grace Farley remarried in Walsingham after the war, in June 1919. Her second husband was George Smith


Grave Reference: XIII. D. 15.

MANANCOURT Somme, France.

Research by Lewis Wood and Linda Payne


Commonwealth War Graves Commission All Saints Church Memorial Banstead, Surrey. 
Linda Payne who supplied details of the family in November 2009. for info on Royal Fusiliers
Theatre of War on some records is shown as Aldershot.. This is an error should read 'France & Flanders'.

Day to day account from :

Last updated 6 Oct 2016 following further information about William's marriage, received from Linda Payne.

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