Alfred Sutton Farr, Private 15912, 18th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers
Killed in action 15th April 1917 in France, aged 23
Alfred Sutton far was born in Macclesfield in 1895, the son of Myra (nee Sutton) and Samuel Farr, a cotton card room hand. In 1901, five-year-old Alfred was living at 40 Lansdowne St, Macclesfield with his parents and sister Mary, aged 19. By 1911, Alfred’s father had died, his sister had left home, and he was living at the same address with his widowed mother, employed as a silk bobbin carrier.
The death of Private Farr was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 31 May 1918:
Mrs Farr, 40 Lansdowne Street, has been notified that her son, Pte Alfred Sutton Farr, Lancs Fusiliers, has been killed. He was posted as missing 13 months ago. Pte Farr enlisted in January 1915 and was drafted out to France twelve months later. He was educated at the Mill Street School and attended Hurdsfield Wesleyan Sunday School and was a member of the school football club. Pte Farr was 23 years of age and prior to enlistment was employed by Mr A W Hewetson at Albion Mill. A cousin and uncle are serving in Egypt, and a brother-in-law in Salonika.
Private Alfred Farr has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel Ref. Pier and Face 3 C and 3 D of the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Alfred Farr, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
In Macclesfield, Private Alfred Farr is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall, St Michael’s Church, Hurdsfield Holy Trinity Church and Hurdsfield Sunday School war memorials, and the Ancient Order of Foresters roll of honour.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Times: 31 May 1918, 23 September 1921 (photo supplement)