Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1914, Second Lieutenant Archibald Manaton Farrier, 1st Battalion, the South Wales Borderers, died after being grievously wounded the previous day in Flanders.
Brought up by his aunt, he was educated at Devon County School where he was an exceptional pupil, winning medals and scholarships. He joined the 2nd Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment in 1907 and served in Crete, Malta and Cyprus as a lance-corporal. During that time he obtained a first-class certificate of education and was qualified to teach, among other subjects, English history, map reading and physical exercises. For some time he was Assistant Schoolmaster of his battalion.
On returning to England in August of 1914 he was commissioned into the South Wales Borderers, arrived on the Western Front in November, and six weeks later was grievously wounded. His commanding officer wrote to his family: “Last night he was sent out with a party to dig some trenches, was wounded in three places, and unfortunately died from his wounds this morning. During his short stay with the regiment he made himself very popular with all ranks, and did not seem to know the meaning of the word 'fear’…we feel his loss very much.”
A comrade also wrote to his family saying how cheerful he was and how the men had formed a high opinion of him at once: “He was always ready to undertake jobs that could only be carried out with danger, whenever an officer was required.” One officer commented that if he went on in the same vein he would be “getting the D.S.O.” and that he was fearless and would be much missed. Buried in the Gorre British and Indian Cemetery at Pas-de-Calais in France, Second Lieutenant Farrier is also remembered on the Dulverton War Memorial in Somerset.
Archibald, from South Molton in Devon, was 23 years old.