Joseph Charles Josiah (Joe) FARNELL

FARNELL, Joseph Charles Josiah

Service Numbers: 4732, W30655
Enlisted: 2 February 1916, Perth, WA
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 28th Infantry Battalion
Born: St Mary’s Cray, Kent, England, United Kingdom, 17 July 1896
Home Town: Bunbury, Bunbury, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Greengrocer
Died: Bunbury, West Australia, Australia, 6 April 1982, aged 85 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Bunbury General Cemetery
Memorials: Armadale Congregational Church Honour Board, Armadale Roll of Honor, Armadale War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

2 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4732, 28th Infantry Battalion, Perth, WA
17 Apr 1916: Involvement Private, SN 4732, 28th Infantry Battalion
17 Apr 1916: Embarked Private, SN 4732, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Fremantle

World War 2 Service

18 Oct 1940: Involvement Lance Corporal, SN W30655

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Joseph Charles Joshua Farnell  spent some time at Rollestone - 14 Dec 1916 - 24 Sep 1917 - 7th Training Battalion

At various times the 5th, 6th, and 7th Training Battalions associated with the 2nd Division were located at Rollestone. Also the 4th, 12th and 13th Training Battalions associated with the 4th Division were also based here.

The military camp is 2.9 km to the northeast of the township on the B3086 from Shrewton to Larkhill.

Military usage of land to the northeast of Rollestone began in the early 20th century, as artillery firing ranges which were later used by the Royal School of Artillery at Larkhill Camp. Rollestone Camp was established in 1916 by the Royal Flying Corps for observation balloon training. Around this time the Amesbury and Military Camp Light Railway was extended from Larkhill to Rollestone and beyond; this extension remained in use until about 1923. Balloon-related usage of Rollestone Camp continued until 1939 when the site became a Royal Air Force Anti-Gas School, which closed in 1945. For several months in 1980–81 the camp was used as a temporary prison (HMP Rollestone Camp) during industrial action by prison officers. The camp continues in use as part of the Salisbury Plain Training Area.

During WW1 a Military Light Railway connected Larkhill to the London and South-western Railway spur, at Amesbury Station, crossed the Packway and terminated at Rolleston Camp, with a spur to the site of the original Fargo ammunition dump. The course of the light railway’s permanent way, though pulled up in 1935, can be traced by a line of apple trees that, it is said, have grown from the seeds of apples thrown out by troops on passing trains.



Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Spouse-Amy Gladys Stevens Farnell-1902–1990 (m. 1923)

Child-Keith Reginald Farnell-1929–2014