Minter Curwood (Jim) FARMER


FARMER, Minter Curwood

Service Number: 3058
Enlisted: 4 February 1917, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Norwood near Edwardstown, South Australia, 16 March 1888
Home Town: Hyde Park, South Australia
Schooling: Goodwood Public School
Occupation: Grocer
Died: Died of Wounds, France, 25 August 1918, aged 30 years
Cemetery: Daours Communal Cemetery Extension, France
Plot 111, Row F, Grave no. 49, Daours Communal Cemetery Extension, Daours, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Goodwood Public School WW1 Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

4 Feb 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
23 Jun 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3058, 43rd Infantry Battalion
23 Jun 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3058, 43rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Adelaide
25 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3058, 43rd Infantry Battalion, "The Last Hundred Days"

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Minter Curwood FARMER was born on 16th March, 1888 Norwood near Edwardstown, South Australia.

His parents were Thomas Alfred FARMER and Eliza Bertha FYFFE

He married Annie HAREN on 9th October 1915 at the residence of Rev. A.C. Hill, Goodwood, SA - Annie died as a result of an accident on 4th August 1940 aged 48 years at 48 Byron Road, Black Forest.

He enlisted on 4th Febuary, 1917 with the Australian Army - he was with the 43rd Battalion, 7th reinforcements - Unit embarked from Adelaide on board HMAT Borda on 23rd June 1917

Minter died of wounds on 25th August, 1918 at the 61st Casualty Clearing Station - he is buried in Daours Communal Cemetery Extension, France

He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal and is also commemorated in the Australian War Memorial

His twin brother Sydney Albert William FARMER wa also on active service in WW1 (27th Infantry Battalion)


The following is a link to a story about the FARMER family (


The Chronicle - Adelaide - 28th September 1918

Signaller  Minter Curwood (Jim) FARMER of the 43rd Battalion who died from wounds received in action on August 25 was well known to residents of Goodwood and his death will cause much sorrow.  He was a spirited and upright man and was held in high esteem.  For 12 months he was the district superintendent of the Unley Junior Christian Endeavor Society.  His life from the age of 17 years upward had been crammed with adventure.  He sailed for many years as an Able Seaman in merchant ships to almost all the trading ports of the world.  He was a son of the late Mr. & Mrs. T.A. Farmer, well known in Norwood and Goodwood.  His twin brother, Sydney A Farmer is on active service in France.  He enlisted in June 23, 1917 and to his great joy he was able to spend some little time with his brother before going into the battle in which he received his fatal wounds.