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Regimental number80
Place of birthWolverhampton, England
ReligionChurch of England
AddressKingslake, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation40
Height5' 9.25"
Weight143 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs L Maloney, Kingslake, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the 3rd South Stafford Territorial Regiment.
Enlistment date8 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, Headquarters Details (Pioneer Section)
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll29th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot IV, Row D, Grave No 6), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 10 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 7 December 1915.

Admitted to 15th Australian Field Ambulance, Ferry Post, 30 April 1916 (injured knee); discharged to unit, 7 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Found guilty, 7 July 1916, of creating a disturbance after 'lights out': awarded 2 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Wounded in action, 19-20 July 1916; subsequently posted Wounded and Missing, 19-20 July 1916.

Base Records wrote to sister, 29 August 1916: 'I regret to inform you that No 80 Pte. S. Farlow, 29th Battalion, has been reported wounded. It is not stated as being serious and in the absence of further reports it is to be assumed that all wounded are progressing satisfactorily.'

Note on Form B103: 'Identification Disc received from Germany. No particulars afforded except that soldier is deceased. To be reported as KILLED IN ACTION FRANCE 19.7.16.'

Handwritten note at bottom of Form B103: 'Buried in vicinity of Fleurbaix (Sh 36)'.

Note on Red Cross File No 1040204: 'The above name appeared on a German death list dated 4-11-16.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 1), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
Miscellaneous detailsSister's address subsequently (1920) 127 Russell Street, Melbourne, Victoria.
SourcesNAA: B2455, FARLOW Samuel
Red Cross file 1040204

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