Private Harry Farr
Contributed by: Imperial War Museum, on 2008-11-13
|First Name||Private Harry|
|Year of Birth||Unknown|
|Year of Death||1916|
|Regiment||West Yorkshire Regiment|
|Place of Wartime Residence|
Private Harry's Story
The father of Gertrude Harris, Private Harry Farr of the 1st Battalion The Prince of WalesÃ¢ÂÂs Own (West Yorkshire Regiment), was executed for cowardice on 18 October 1916. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
Gertrude and relatives of other men shot for cowardice and desertion fought for many years to obtain pardons for them. Gertrude finally achieved her goal in August 2006 at the age of 93. In all, 346 British and Commonwealth servicemen were executed during the First World War, 37 of them for murder.
Gertrude Harris, daughter of First World War soldier Harry Farr, visits Wealdstone War Memorial in northwest London with her great grandson on Sunday, 18th February, 2007. The names of Private Harry Farr and fellow soldier James Swaine, who was also shot for cowardice but pardoned 90 years later, have finally been engraved on to the war memorial; Private Harry Farr.