Born: 15th December 1921, Ipswich.
Died: 8th June 1940; age: 18; MPK on board H.M.S. ‘Glorious.’
Residence: 1, Reading Road, Ipswich.
Rank: Ordinary Signalman; Service Number: C/JX. 159163.
Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Glorious’
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Joseph William & Edith Emily Farrow, of Ipswich.
Father: Joseph William Farrow, born May 1892, Henley, Suffolk.
Mother: Edith Emily Farrow (nee Carter (1st marriage Packard)), born November 1883, Ipswich.
ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939.
Arthur was living with his parents & paternal grandmother at their family home – 1, Reading Road, Ipswich.
Joseph, a Petrol Lorry Driver.
Edith, unpaid Domestic Duties.
Josephine Farrow, born August 1851, Henley, Suffolk – died 1941, Suffolk.
1 lodger – Benjamin Pallant, a General Labourer, born April 1882.
Evening Star – 24th August 1940.
IPSWICH SCHOOLMATES MISSING
Served Together On H.M.S. Glorious
Among those members of the crew of H.M.S. Glorious who have been posted as missing and possibly prisoners are Boy Signaller Arthur Joseph Farrow, son of Mr. and Mrs. Farrow, of 1, Reading Road, Ipswich, and Boy Signaller Albert Maguire, son of Mr. Maguire, of 78, St. John’s Road, Ipswich.
Both boys were educated together at California School, Ipswich, and after leaving school they were both together on H.M.S. Ganges at Shotley. From Shotley they went to Egypt, where they were posted to H.M.S. Glorious.
The boys, known to their friends as “Streak and Mick,” have always been close friends.
Evening Star – 27th August 1940.
IPSWICH SCHOOLMATES MISSING
Boy Signaller Arthur Joseph Farrow, of 1, Reading Road, and Boy Signaller Albert Maguire, of 78, St. John’s Road, Ipswich, who have been reported as missing from H.M.S. Glorious. Known to their friends as “Streak and Mick,” the boys were together at California School and afterwards joined the Navy together.
8th June 1940 H.M.S. ‘Glorious’
H.M.S.’Glorious’ was a battlecruiser of the Courageous class built for the Royal Navy by Harland & Wolff, Belfast, Northern Ireland, as part of Admiral Fisher’s Baltic Project. Ordered 14th March 1915 and completed on the 31st December 1916 – Commissioned January 1917.
In February 1924, H.M.S.’Glorious’ was sent to be converted to an aircraft carrier.
On the 8th June 1940, H.M.S.’Glorious’ and her two escorting sister ships H.M.S. ‘Acasta’ and H.M.S. ‘Ardent.’ They were taking part in Operation Alphabet – the evacuation of Allied forces from Norway that had been taking place simultaneously with the rather better known and remembered evacuation at Dunkirk. On the way through the Norwegian Sea at about 15:46 pm, the funnel smoke from H.M.S.’Glorious’ and her escort ships was spotted by the German battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. H.M.S. ‘Glorious’ had no lookouts posted in the crow’s nest, no aircraft on patrol and no aircraft ready on the deck for a quick take-off . H.M.S ‘Acasta’ and H.M.S. ‘Ardent’ attempted to lay a smoke screen. H.M.S. ‘Glorious’ was hit by Scharnhorst in her forward flight deck and burst in the upper hangar, starting a large fire and prevented any other aircraft from taking off. At 16:58hrs a second shell hit the homing beacon above the bridge and killed or wounded the personnel stationed there, including Captain Guy D’Oyly-Hughes. H.M.S. ‘Glorious’ was hit again in the centre engine room at 17:20hrs and this caused her to lose speed. The German ships closed in and continued to fire. H.M.S. ‘Glorious’ was soon overcome and was sunk. at 18:10hrs.
The same fate then happened to H.M.S. ‘Ardent’. H.M.S. ‘Acasta’ attacked with torpedoes, and hit the engine room of Scharnhorst in a last attack before she sank, blazing beneath the waves at 18.20hrs. The damaged caused by H.M.S. ‘Acasta’ torpedoes to Scharnhorst caused the enemy ships to abandon their sortie to the north and return to port. The Germans didn’t wait to pick up any survivors. 1531 Officers and men lost their lives.
Ipswich man lost on HMS ‘Acasta’ WILLIAM ERNEST ALLEN