Private 22422 - Coldstream Guards
Killed in Action Flanders 27th Sep 1918 : Aged 34
Sanders Keep Military Cemetary ref.ii.D.8
Born and raised in Huthwaite, the only son of parents John and Annie Farnsworth in New Street, William was initially employed at New Hucknall Colliery. A follower of the Wesleyan faith he kept close association among that Huthwaite Church after moving into a marital home with wife Catherine Lynam Farnsworth, addressed 37 Charnwood Street, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Notts,.
Notts. Free Press 18th October 1918.
We regret to record the death in action of a familiar figure - Private William Farnsworth 22422, 1st. Battalion Coldstream Guards. The official intimation was received on Monday last. Previously, two letters had been received with the sad tidings. Lieut. R.M. Buxton wrote to the effect that Pte. Farnsworth was instantaneously killed on September 27th. He was carrying bombs, with others, to assist the company when he was killed by a shell. Several men and officers were killed about the same time. This statement was corroborated by the Battaliot chaplain, who intimated that Pte. Farnsworth had been buried on the 29th.
Pte. Farnsworth, who was 34 years of age, was a native of Huthwaite, being the only son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Farnsworth, New Street. Up to five or six years ago he was employed on the surface at New Hucknall Colliery, filling the offices of assistant storekeeper and truck weighman. Always steady and industrious, and of a studious turn of mind, he carried out faithfully and conscientiously any duties entrusted to him, and was greatly respected.
He subsequently became assistant to Mr. J. Beeley, of Sutton, then assistant overseer and rate collector. For this vocation Mr. Farnsworth had great aptitude, and a successful career appeared to be beyond all doubt when he joined up on June 27th. last year.
All his life Pte. Farnsworth, with his family, had been closely associated with Huthwaite Wesleyan Church. He acted at different periods as President of the Bible Class, Sunday School teacher, poor steward, and secretary of the Sunday School, and the duties attached to these positions were carried out with courtesy, tolerance and thoroughness which characterised all that he said and did. He was also musically inclined, and sang in the Wesleyan Church choir, and was also a member of the Huthwaite and Sutton Harmonic Society. After his marriage about five years ago he resided in Charnwood Street, Sutton, but he never severed his connection with the Huthwaite Wesleyan Church.
Being almost six feet high, and of good physique, he was put in the Coldstream Guards, and was in training up to last Christmas. He had been in France about six months, and had been in the fighting all the time. He leaves a widow, but no children.
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