Ralph Farnham Captain, 1st/6th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers

Ralph Farnham, born in Meldreth in 1888, grew up in these cottages on the village High Street. He was the son of an agricultural labourer and went on to study at Birkbeck College, London University, before becoming a schoolmaster in Tottenham. He joined the Officer Training Corps in October 1914 whilst at university and was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in April 1915. He married that summer and sailed to Gallipoli in October of the same year.

Captain Farnham saw action there, in Suez and on the Western Front. He was wounded in the arm and chest on 14th October 1918 and died of his wounds on 31st October, just days before the armistice. He is buried at the Lijssenthoek military cemetery in Poperinghe, Belgium.

Further information is on the Meldreth Local History Group's website: http://www.meldrethhistory.org.uk/page/ralph_farnham?path=0p4p24p109p