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farrellThe Express & Star dated 4 September 1915 carries an article headed “Four Soldier Sons: One of them Killed in France.” This tells of Rifleman George Farrell of 27 Faulkland Street, who was apparently killed in May of that year.

According to the article, Mrs M. A. Farrell had four sons on active service – George, Alfred (of the 1st South Staffordshire Regiment), Albert, and John. George was said to have been in the army for six years, having been serving in India at the commencement of hostilities and being attached to the 4th King’s Royal Rifles. He was frost-bitten and wounded and came home to recuperate in February 1915, but later returned.

In 1901, the family appear at 18 Bath Street, and the four brothers aforementioned are joined by their parents John and Mary, a further brother, William, and sisters Alice and Lily. However, I have not been able to find George’s death on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site, even though I did track down his medal card and service number at the National Archives. Perhaps he was believed to have been killed but later re-emerged? If anybody can help solve this mystery, it would be great to hear from you!

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