FARNFIELD Alfred Harold

Category: Nurse/Medical
Rank: Private
Regiment or Ship: Royal Army Medical Corps
Service Number(s): 72710
Occupation: Carpenter and Joiner
Date of Birth: 1891
Place of Birth: Bexhill on Sea, Sussex.
Date of Death: 1960
Place of Death: Battle registration district.Address: Meadow View, 1 Hamilton Terrace, Bexhill

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Family Information

Parents:          Thomas Farnfield, b. 1853 in Crawley, d. 1923, and Elizabeth Sarah Farnfield (nee Ashdown), b. 1851 in Rye, d. 1923.


William Farnfield, b. 1875 in Bexhill. A general labourer in 1891.

George Frederick Farnfield, b. 1878 in Bexhill. B0006 FARNFIELD George Frederick

Albert Farnfield, b. 1880 in Bexhill.

Percy Farnfield, b. 1882 in Bexhill.

Annie Farnfield, b. 1884 in Bexhill.

Charles Ernest Farnfield, b. 1884 in Bexhill.

Emily Farnfield, b. 1885 in Bexhill.

Thomas, Elizabeth and family lived at 6 Hamilton Road, Bexhill, in 1891 and Thomas was employed as a general labourer. When Thomas died Elizabeth moved to Meadow View, 1 Hamilton Terrace, Bexhill.

Spouse: In 1917 Alfred married Olive May Jarvis in Battle. Olive was born in 1887 in Tonbridge and died in 1973 in the Battle registration district.

First World War Experience

Alfred enlisted on 30th October 1915 saying that he was just over 24 years of age, a British subject, unmarried, and was a carpenter and joiner. He was 5’ 6¼” tall, weighed 129 lbs., and had a chest measurement of 36” – expanded by 2”. He wore glasses due to defective vision and he had two vaccination marks on his left arm – given in infancy. He had a medical category of ‘A’ grade.

He served on the Home Front until 18th June 1916 when he was shipped from Southampton via Rouen to the German Theatre of War with the B.E.F. and served with them until 31st July 1919. After spending the August of 1919 in England he was finally demobbed.

Whilst serving on the continent Alfred had two medical examinations – one on 10th August 1916 when he had tonsillitis, and the second on 20th October 1916 when he was reported to have a contusion on his thigh “trivial in nature”. This “did not occur on military duty” but when playing football.

Albert was awarded the Victory Medal and the British War Medal – and was also awarded a Good Conduct Badge.

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