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Regimental number325
Place of birthBurwood, New South Wales
SchoolColston School, Bristol, England
ReligionChurch of England
AddressMontrose, Musgrave Street, Mosman, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height6' 1"
Weight176 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Clare Farmer, Montrose, Musgrave Street, Mosman, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 4 May 1915

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29251 (5 August 1915); 'Commonwealth Gazette', No. 133 (28 October 1915).

FateKilled in Action
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*no date of fate
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death6 June 1915
Age at death23
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 20), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Clara FARMER, "Montrose", Musgrave Street, Mosman, New South Wales. Native of Sydney.

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'On 25th April, 1915, during operations near Gaba Tepe, for gallantry in repeatedly carrying messages and twice going back for ammunition under severe rifle and machine gun fire; and again on 27th April, when his Officer was wounded, for organizing a party of thre men who carried the wounded Officer to the rear. Private Farmer exposed himself fearlessly, and it was owing to his coolness and initiative that the party succeeded. He was himself wounded.'
Source: 'London Gazette' No. 6542
Date: 3 July 1915

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Reported missing in action, Gallipoli, 29 April 1915.

Reported 'killed in action between 29 April 1915 and 6 June 1915'.

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FARMER Aubrey

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