Private Reginald Theo Gough Farindon

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Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

Reginald Farindon Birth Registration Transcription © findmypast.co.uk
Reginald Farindon Baptism Certificate © ancestry.co.uk

Reginald Theo Gough Farindon was born on the 4th October 1893 in Newdigate, Surrey to grocer John and Lilian Alice (nee Gough).  He was baptised on the 21st of January 1894 at St Peter’s Church in Newdigate. At the time of his baptism the family lived in Newdigate and John was working as a grocer.

Reginald’s father John Farindon was born in the 4th quarter of 1866 in Dorking to grocer James, born about 1832 in Newdigate and Harriet, born about 1832 in Betchworth, Surrey. John was baptised on the 24th of February 1867 at St Peter’s Church in Newdigate. At the time of the 1881 Census, John was a grocer’s assistant at Village Grocer’s Shop in Newdigate. Reginald’s mother Lilian was born in the 2nd quarter of 1868 in Holmwood, to Clement Gough, born about 1841 in Dorking and Fanny, born about 1842 in East Grinstead in Sussex.  John and Lilian married in the 4th quarter of 1892  in Dorking, Surrey.

Reginald had two siblings: Irene born about 1896 in Newdigate and Ronald born about 1899 in Holmwood.

Reginald Farindon 1901 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1901 Census, John, his wife Lilian and their children Reginald, Irene and Roland lived with Lilian’s aunt Rosa Elizabeth Gough at Wymbletons House, Holmwood. was working as a grocer’s assistant.

Reginald Farindon 1902 Dorking High School for Boys Report Book © Surrey History Centre findmypast.co.uk
Reginald Farindon 1902 Dorking High School for Boys Register © Surrey History Centre findmypast.co.uk

In May 1902 Reginald was admitted into Dorking High School for Boys. At the time of his admission the family lived at Wymbletons. Prior his admission into the school Reginald was educated at home. In 1908 he received Pitman’s Elementary Shorthand Certificate. In July 1911 he received London University Junior Certificate.

On the 25th of July 1911 Reginald left Dorking High School for Boys. At this time his family lived at Wymletons House and John was working as a commercial traveller. Reginald left the school to become an auctioneer and surveyor.

Reginald Farindon 1911 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1911 Census, Lilian and her children Reginald, Irene and Roland lived with Lilian’s aunt Rosa at Wymbletons House.The house had fourteen rooms.

At the time of the 1911 Census, Reginald’s father John was staying with cab driver Henry Cecil Firmager at Station Road in Dorking. John was working as a traveller. The accommodation had four rooms. John died on the 8th of April 1916 at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. He left his wife Lilian £92, 19s and 6d in a Probate.

Reginald enlisted into the 2nd/15th Battalion the London Regiment (Prince of Wales Own Civil Service Rifles). He was a Private with regimental number 3449.

He served in several theatres of war: 1(a) [The Western Front] 23.6.16 – 19.11.16; 2(a) [Balkans] 30.11.16-20-6.17; 4(b) [Egypt] 23.6.17.-17.6.18 and 1(a) [The Western Front] 23.6.18-17.8.18.

At the time of his death he was part of the 2nd/15 Battalion the London Regiment (Prince of Wales Own Civil Service Rifles). His new regimental number was: 531179.

Reginald Farindon was killed in an action on the 17th of August 1918 in France.

Reginald Farindon Godewaersvelde British Cemetery Roll of Honour © CWGC.org

He is buried at the Godewaersvelde British Cemetery in France. His cemetery number is: II.AA.1. The headstone bears the inscription: “In Loving Memory”.

Reginald Farindon Medal Roll Index Cards © ancestry.co.uk
Reginald Farindon British War Medal and Victory Medal Award Roll © ancestry.co.uk

He received the British War and Victory medals.

Reginald Farindon Soldiers Effects © ancestry.co.uk

Reginald’s mother Lilian received £11, 6s and 3d on the 1st of January 1919 and a further £15 and 10s on the 30th of December 1919 in Soldier’s Effects.  She later lived at Hillside, North Holmwood.

Born Newdigate, Surrey
Lived Holmwood, Surrey
Son of John and Lilian (nee Gough) of Wymbletons House, Holmwood
Regiment 2nd/15th Battalion. The London Regiment. Prince of Wales Own Civil Service Rifles
Number 3449
Date of Death 17th August 1918
Place of Death France
Cause of Death Killed in action
Age 24
Cemetery Godewaersvelde British Cemetery, France

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