John is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.

Extra information courtesy of Petra.



Born: 13th April 1917, Ipswich.

Died: 22nd May 1941; age: 24; M.P.K. during an air raid off Crete.

Residence: 56, Rayleigh Road, Ipswich.


Rank: Stoker 2nd Class; Service Number: P/KX. 109124.

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S.’Greyhound.’


Memorial Reference:

Panel 56. Column 1.

Portsmouth Naval Memorial,



Father: Arthur Farrow, born April 1881, Walton-on-Naze, Essex.

Mother: Grace Farrow (nee Luff), born August 1889, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.


In 1939, Ipswich, John married Marie Emily Dines, born May 1916, Ipswich. A hairdresser.


Probate to Marie Emily Farrow – widow.


22nd May 1941


H.M.S.’Greyhound‘ was a g-class destroyer ordered in March 1934 by the Royal Navy, and built by Vickers Armstrong, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. Laid down 20th September 1934, at Yard 699. Launched 15th August 1935, and commissioned 31st January 1936.

On the 12th May 1941, H.M.S. ‘Greyhound’ was released from Tiger convoy, and deployed for support of operations in the defence of Crete, from the German sea-borne invasion force. On the 22nd May 1941, during the Battle for Crete, H.M.S. ‘Greyhound’ was heavily dive bombed from German Stuka – Ju-87, in the Kithera Strait, Southern  Greece. She sank within minutes.

Commander Walter Roger Marshall-A’Deane DSO, DSC, R.N. and 79 crew were killed. H.M. Destroyer’s Kandahar and Kingston rescued 44 men, and 4 other sailors were taken prisoner.


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