Born: 1891, Ipswich.

Died: 4th March 1915; Died of Wounds – Canadian Stationary Hospital, Le Touquet.

No. 2. Canadian Stationary Hospital opened on the 3rd March 1914 in the Golf Club Hotel, Le Touquet, with 320 beds, expanding to 520.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 16th January 1915 – France.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 7685.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Grave Reference:


Le Touquet Paris Plage Communal Cemetery,

Pas de Calais,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mrs Elizabeth Lydia Farthing, of 42, Fore Street, Ipswich.




1891   9, Albert Street, Ipswich.


Charles was 5 weeks old and living with his mother & 2 maternal aunts.

Elizabeth Lydia Farthing (nee Gammage), 20, an Able Seaman’s Wife, born Ipswich.

Sophia Gammage, 18, a Stay – Factory.

Hannah Gammage, 9.


In 1891, Charles’s father, Charles James Farthing, 27, an Able Seaman, on board ‘Mistley Park’. Scheduled to arrive at Harwich, Essex -13th April 1891.


1901   9, Little Baker Street, Ipswich.


Charles was 10 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Charles, 36, an Assistant Ship’s Engineer, born Ipswich.

Elizabeth, 29.

Rachel Elizabeth Farthing, 7, born Ipswich.

Samuel James Farthing, 6, born Ipswich.

William Isaachar Farthing, 3, born Ipswich.


1911  Polymedia Camp, Cyprus.


Charles was 21, a Soldier ranked Private for the 1st Battalion, of the Suffolk Regiment.


Soldiers’ Effects to Elizabeth Lydia Farthing – mother.

Note: Charles’s brother Samuel. Brothers of each friend were to die in the war.

Evening Star – Monday, 4th March 1912 – BOYS’ THEFT OF BEEROn Monday, 4th March 1912, at Ipswich Police Court, William Peck, a labourer, of Gibson Street, Ipswich, was summoned before the Mayor, Mr. Frederick Edward Rands, Mr. Alexander Gibb, and Mr. Philip Wyndham Cobbold, charged with stealing five bottles of beer from a railway truck on the quay, on Friday, 1st March 1912. Three of William’s friends were also charged with stealing the bottles of beer – George Webber, a labourer, of Rope Walk; Stanley Fitch, a labourer, of Gibson Street; and Samuel Farthing, a labourer, of Foundation Street.

Police-constable George Double, of the Great Eastern Railway Police, said that at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, he was on the quay watching some trucks containing beer bottles. A boy climbed up into a truck, handed a bottle down to one of the others, and put a bottle into his pocket. Two others then climbed up, and put a bottle of beer into their pockets. The boys then walked towards Patterson Road, and at the corner witness caught hold of William Peck and George Webber, but George got away. Police-constable Firman, of the Borough Force, came up at the time, and William was taken to the Police Station. When searched a bottle of beer was found in his pocket. He was charged with the theft, and William admitted the offence. Summons were issued against the other three. Altogether three bottles were recovered, but two were still missing. All four boys pleaded Guilty. Police-constable Firmansaid that frequent complaints had been received of the theft of bottled beer from the dock. Samuel Farthing was the only one in work; the other three were always loafing about the dock. William Peck, George Webber and Stanley Fitch were sent to prison for one month with Hard Labour. Samuel Farthing was bound over in the sum of 10s. with his father as security to be of good behaviour for twelve months, and to pay 10s.


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