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John Farrell

Rank: Private
Town/Village: Salford, Manchester
Civil Parish:
Catholic Parish:
Country: England
Alternative Address: Rathcline, Lanesborough; Ballyleague, Lanesborough, Co. Longford
Census 1901:
Census 1911:
Regiment/Unit: Manchester Regiment, 1st Battalion
Regiment Number: 4881
Date of Death: 09-01-1917
Cause: Killed in action, Battle of the Khadairi Bend, Iraq
Memorial: Basra Memorial, Nasiriyah Road, Basrah, Iraq (Roll of Honour available at CWGC HQ, Maidenhead, U.K.)

John was a native of Rathcline.

Pte Farrell enlisted in Manchester with the Manchester Regiment and entered into the war in August 1915, initially serving on the Western front (France/Belgium). Farrell was serving in the Mesopotamia campaign when he went missing in action likely during the Battle of the Khadairi Bend on the 9 January 1917, which was the prelude to the Second Battle of Kut and the advance on Baghdad. He was presumed as dead by February 1917. 

Interestingly, the Very Rev. Thomas Canon Sharrock, of The Cathedral, Chapel Street, Salford, Manchester, was named as executor in his register of effects, and medal rolls index. 

Parents Names:
Notes: The medal rolls index notes that John's brother made an application for John's medals. No name was given, although it appears that the brother resided in Ballyleague, as the address is given on the card. Sadly the cemetery in which John Farrell was laid to rest had been largely destroyed by 2013.

Link to CWGC entry; Freeman's Journal, list of dead, Feb 1917; Battle of the Khadairi Bend; Daily Telegraph, 10 November 2013

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