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Farrow, Jack

Captain Jack Farrow who was killed in Mesopotamia, on the 9th April, was the son of the late Captain J. Farrow and of Mrs Barr, of Amoy, China, where he was born. He was educated at Dean Close's School, Cheltenham, and at King's College London, where he took the degree of B.Sc. He went to Canada and took up a post of Civil Engineer on the Great Northern Railway on which he was engaged when war broke out. He at once came back to England and obtained a commission in the 4th Battalion South Wales Borderers as 2nd Lieutenant, and rapidly rose to the rank of Captain. He was wounded in the landing at Suvla Bay and was sent to hospital in Cairo. After his recovery he went back to Suvla and was in the last division to evacuate that place. Thence he went with his regiment to Helles and was again in the last division to leave there. He was mentioned in despatches for his work in Gallipoli. He was then granted short home leave but never reached England as at Marseilles he received a telegram ordering him to proceed with his regiment to the relief of Kut. There has been no time as yet for details of his death to reach this country; his friends have only received the War Office telegram announcing that he was killed in action.

He had a very sound scientific knowledge of engineering and would have made a brilliant career for himself in that profession. He was good at most games and a fine Rugby football player. He was an only son and leaves a widowed mother and two sisters to mourn his death. J. Reginald Harding, Esq. King's College Review, June 1916

Biographical

Surname(s)Farrow
First name(s)Jack
Family detailsSon of the late Captain J. Farrow and of Mrs Barr, of Amoy, China
Previous educationDean Close's School, Cheltenham
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dept / courseEngineering
QualificationsB.Sc.
Military unitSouth Wales Borderers, 4th Bn.
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Decorations / medalsTwice mentioned in Despatches
Date of death9 April 1916
Rank at deathCaptain
Place of deathMesopotamia
Cause of deathKilled in action
Burial placeAmara War Cemetery, Iraq
Commemoration(s)King's College Chapel
SourcesKing's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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