Frederick FARREN

Badge Number: 6392, Sub Branch: State

FARREN, Frederick

Service Number: 1149
Enlisted: 25 February 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 2nd Divisional Signals Company
Born: Greenwich, Kent, England, 24 April 1892
Home Town: Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Miner, (Tram driver postwar)
Died: Natural Causes (Heart failure), Adelaide, South Australia, 14 April 1980, aged 87 years
Cemetery: Enfield Cemetery, S.A.
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World War 1 Service

25 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick, South Australia
31 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 1149, 2nd Divisional Signals Company
31 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 1149, 2nd Divisional Signals Company, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
11 Nov 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, SN 1149

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Frederick Farren was born in Greenwich England son of an Ostler. He travelled at a young age (17) to Australia where he worked in the copper mines in Queenstown Tasmania and later travelled to South Australia where he also worked in mining on Yorke Penninsula for a number of years. He travelled throughout SA and Victoria by "Shanks pony" as he would say, getting work where he could. He joined the AIF at Keswick, Adelaide in Feb 1915 and embarked for Gallipoli with 2nd Div Sigs Sept 1915. He was wounded at Gallipoli and hospitalised in Egypt. On return to duty he was sent to France with 5th Div Sigs and saw service in France and Belgium. He returned to England after the war where he met and married Ellen Degnan in Aug 1919. The couple emmigrated to Australia where Frederick was discharged from the Army in April 1920. They settled in Adelaide where he was later employed as a tram driver for the Municipal Tramways Trust retiring in 1953. He had a son Frederick (RAAF F.O. Lancasters 61 Sqdr WW2 KIA 7/3/45) and a daughter Kathleen (still surviving). Frederick was a much loved grandfather with quite a laconic sense of humour. Always had a joke or ditty to tell and rarely spoke of his war service. He is well missed by us all - RIP Fred.