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Cecil Farley

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Alan Patient of

Cecil Farley

Person  Male  Born 1/6/1897  Died 20/4/1941

Categories: Armed Forces, Tragedy

Fireman killed as a result of an air raid on Old Palace School, Bow, E3 on 20 April 1941.

Our colleague Andrew Behan has kindly researched this man: Auxiliary Fireman Cecil Farley was born on 1 June 1897 in Tooting, the son of Henry James Farley and Margaret Nicoll Farley. He was baptised on 4 July 1897 at Tooting Graveney, Wandsworth and the family were living at 28 Longley Road. His father was shown as a Traveller. His father died and in 1907 his mother remarried a Charles Thomas Price Bewley, a Journeyman Blacksmith, and the 1911 census shows them living with his three other children at 19 Anchor Buildings, Castle Street, Southwark.

On 20 October 1917 he joined the Royal Air Force, service number 101911 and the 1918 absent voters register shows his home address still to be at 19 Anchor Buildings and that he held the rank of 2nd Air Mechanic. His stepfather was also shown on this register holding the rank of Sergeant in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He was transferred to the RAF Reserve on 7 February 1919. From 1920 to 1925 electoral registers show he is living with his mother and stepfather using the name of Cecil Farley Bewley at 20 Park Street, Stoney Street, Southwark. His mother died in April 1923 and in 1924 his stepfather was remarried for a third time to a Lilian Valentine Dover.

On 25 August 1928 he married Elsie Florence May Gower, a mental nurse, at the Church of St John the Divine, Balham. His address was shown as 52 Byrne Road, Balham, SW12, and they were still recorded there on the 1937 electoral register. The 1939 England and Wales Register shows him attached to the District Fire Station at Glebe Way, West Wickham, Kent and his normal occupation was listed a Carpenter and Joiner. Their home address was at 5 Linden Leas, West Wickham. He died when a German bomb landed on Auxiliary Fire Service Sub Station 24U, which was housed in Old Palace LCC School, St. Leonards Street, Poplar, aged 43 years, on 20 April 1941. He was buried at Beckenham Cemetery and Crematorium, Elmers End Road, Beckenham, BR3 4TD. Administration of his estate was granted to his widow and his effects totalled £1,338-16s-5d.

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