1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

Private Harry Farr

Contributed by: Imperial War Museum, on 2008-11-13

Private Harry Farr
First Name Private Harry
Surname Farr
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 Wales’s 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.

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