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The vast majority of Wolverhampton soldiers enlisted with the South Staffordshire Regiment, or one of the other local regiments. Samuel Farlow was slightly further afield when war broke out.

Farlow was born in Wolverhampton in 1875. In the 1881 census, he appears at 100 Great Brickkiln Street, together with his parents (Samuel and Hannah), his four sisters (Elizabeth, Hannah, Sarah and Clara), his brother George, grandparents George and Elizabeth Keeling, and cousin William Keeling. By the 1901 census, he is just living with his father (now a widower) and sister Clara at 14 Philip Street, and he has become a General Carter. In 1911 he is boarding along with his father at the household of a Joseph Webb, 54 Bank Street, Heath Town. He is still a Carter. In 1913, Farlow emigrated to Australia.

On 8 July 1915, he enlisted in the 29th Battalion of the Australian Imperial Force at Kingslake in the State of Victoria, having served for three years  in the 3rd Volunteer Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment while he was still in Wolverhampton. He left Melbourne in November 1915 and after serving in Egypt for six months, arrived in France in June 1916. Following the failed assault on Fromelles on 19 July 1916, he was killed in action aged 41. He is buried at Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery in France.