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Thomas Arthur Farmer 1920–1944

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The son of Alice and Thomas Farmer of 3 School Lane, Kingston Bagpuize and brother of John Farmer.

Thomas' brother John Farmer tells us:

My Mother's name was Henley and lived at Fyfield Wick with her Family, the 1901 census shows.
My Mother married Leonard Thomas Farmer at Kingston Bagpuize Church August 1919 soon after returning from W.W.1. Army service and I understood they lived with the Henleys at Southmoor Cottage for a while until they could find work and a house at Kingston Bagpuize.
They moved to Southmoor Cottage, not sure of the date but they were there at the time of my mother's brother Private Henley's death in 1915 when he died of wounds from W.W.1 and was buried at Kingston Church although his memorial is at Longworth Church.
My Grandparents [Walter & Sarah Henley] were living at Southmoor Cottage when Walter died 1930 and he was buried at Kingston Bagpuize Church. My grandmother Sarah stayed there for a while but later moved to Standlake where she died in 1954 and was buried with her husband Walter at Kingston Church. They lie in an unmarked grave near their grandson Arthur Henley.
Three Henley girls married three Farmer boys so there were three Mrs Farmers around at times in the village.

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The Farmer's Southmoor Cottage, Faringdon Road.

Our further research

Shown in the 1891 census Walter Farmer and Alice Henley had started life together, having married in the Wallingford District in 1890, and had settled into a cottage at 13 Goal Yard, West of Bridge Street, Abingdon. In 1891 their first child Walter Frederick was born in Abingdon. Within the following 10 years (1901) the couple had had another four children, had moved to Alice’s home village and were living in a cottage adjoining Wood House Farm, Digging Lane, Fyfield.

Leopoldsburg War Cemetery, Belgium

Lance Serjeant Thomas Arthur Farmer

FARMER, Thomas Arthur: Nationality: United Kingdom Rank: Lance Serjeant Regiment/Service: Irish Guards Unit Text: 2nd Bn. Age: 24 Date of Death: 11/09/1944 Service No: 2722415 Additional information: Husband of Hannah Mary Farmer, of Littleworth, Berkshire.Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: I. D. 9.Cemetery: Leopoldsburg War Cemetery. Thomas Farmer's grave

Thomas was the son of Alice and Thomas Farmer of 3 School Lane, Kingston Bagpuize and brother of John Farmer.

Thomas Arthur Farmer, Lance Serjeant 2nd Bn. Irish Guards 2722415 died in Action on 11.09.1944

Source: CWGC; WTB; The Times; Widnes Weekly News [P. Jennett]


Historical Information:

The British Expeditionary Force was involved in the later stages of the defence of Belgium following the German invasion in May 1940, and suffered many casualties in covering the withdrawal to Dunkirk. Commonwealth forces did not return until September 1944, but in the intervening years, many airmen were shot down or crashed in raids on strategic objectives in Belgium, or while returning from missions over Germany. There are about 35 original burials in Leopoldsburg War Cemetery associated with isolated engagements in or near the town in May 1940. Of the remainder, some are burials from a military hospital which was established at Leopoldsburg during the latter part of 1944 and others were brought into the cemetery from the surrounding district. There are now 767 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War in the cemetery, 16 of them unidentified, and a number of Polish and Dutch war graves.No. of Identified Casualties: 782


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