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Alfred Farley (1891-1917) - Pte 13293 3 rd  Bn Coldstream Guards Alfred   Farley    was   born   in   Itchingfield   on   16 th    April   1891,   the   third   child   and   second   son   of   Thomas   and   Jane   Farley.      He   attended Itchingfield   School   from   1896   until   1904   when   the   family   moved   to   Broadbridge   Heath   and   in   the   1911   census   he   can   be   found   with   his parents, elder brother Thomas and younger sister Mary in Toat Lane. His occupation is given as gardener. Alfred enlisted in Horsham on the 26 th  October 1914 and joined the 4 th  Battalion Coldstream Guards. Just short of 8 months later on the 11 th  June 1915 he was posted to the 3 rd  Battalion and sent to join the BEF in France. He   served   with   the   battalion   for   the   next   two   and   a   half   years   and   would   have   seen   action   at   the   Battle   of   Loos   in   1915   and   then,   in 1916,   on   the   Somme   in   the   Battle   of   Flers-Courcelette   and   the   Battle   of   Morval.   In   1917   they   were   in   action   in   the   German   retreat   to the Hindenburg Line, the Third Battle of Ypres and the Battle of Cambrai. It was in this last action that Alfred was Killed in Action. On   November   26 th    1917   the   battalion   was   in   billets   in   the   Hindenbergh   Support   Line   at   Ribecourt   following   a   spell   in   the   trenches   near Doignies.   However   just   four   days   later,   on   the   30 th    the   battalion   was   ordered,   together   with   the   2 nd    Bn   Coldstream   Guards   and   the   1 st    Bn Irish Guards to attack and retake the village of Gouzeaucort. Mk IV Tank bound for Cambrai  © IWM (Q 46933) This   action   was   successful   and   on   the   heels   of   this,   on   the   1 st    December,   they   were   subsequently   ordered   to   attack   Quentin   Ridge. Supported   by   the   2 nd    Battalion   Coldstream   Guards   and   a   detachment   of   tanks   this   action   was   also   successful   but   resulted   in   the   deaths of   3   Officers   and   9   Other   Ranks.   Alfred   was   one   of   those   killed.   No   further   details   are   given   in   the   War   Diary   and   his   body   was   not found.   He   therefore   has   no   known   grave   but   he   is   commemorated   on   the   Cambrai   Memorial,   France   as   well   as   on   the   Itchingfield   War Memorial. For his service he was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the Victory and British War Medals. Alfred’s   service   record   survives   and   can   be   found   online   on   both   Ancestry   or   Findmypast    or   on   microfilm   at   the   National   Archives   in Kew. .
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