Tuesday 12 March 2013

Private Edward Lloyd Farrell

Born on 12 August 1893 in Horton, Renfrew, Ontario - son of Mrs. Jno Farrell, Portage Dufort, Quebec - husband of Mrs. S. York (formerly Farrell), Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as painter, single, no current military service, previously served with the 3rd Field Company Engineers in Petawawa, Ontario, Church of England, height of 5 feet 5.5 inches, weight of 145 pounds, chest of 37 inches fully expanded, dark complexion, blue eyes, dark hair.

Joined the 130th Battalion, CEF, in Renfrew, Ontario, on 20 November 1915 (number 788514) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 14 or 15 November 1916 - killed in action on 9 April 1917 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Farrell's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register, www.cwgc.org)


CCK said...

Thank you for this. Edward was the brother of my great grandfather. His parents were John Farrell and Cecelia Payne. He was born in Horton, Renfrew South. I was unaware that he had ever married. Can I ask how you came across his wife's name?

Thanks again. This was wonderful to see.

Ken said...


Thanks for your comment, your correction of Horton (the enlistment papers can be difficult to read sometimes), and the additional information.

I took his wife's name from his entry on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's online "Debt of Honour" register: http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=1567825 . He was listed as single on his enlistment record.



CCK said...

I think he was single...but this S York had a baby 17 days after he died, which she named after him