Farrer, John Richard Stanton (1927-1949)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who have lost their lives in the service of their country, 1919-1939 and 1946 to date.
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Details: John Richard Stanton Farrer (1927-1949), born on 9 July 1927 in Kensington, London, son of Colonel Edward Richard Blackburne Farrer, OBE, MC (Old Shirburnian), and Mrs Cynthia Betty Farrer (née Stanton), 36 Ross Court, Putney Heath, London, and Whitfield near Brackley, Northamptonshire. Grandson of the late Canon Farrer, The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire. Brother to Georgina Farrer (1921-) and Henry Edward Stanton Farrer (1923-1999).
Attended West Downs, Winchester, Hampshire.
Attended Sherborne School (School House) May 1942-March 1945; 6th form; House Prefect; 1st XV (1944); 2nd XI (1944); Trebles; PT Instructor; Sergeant in JTC.
Lieutenant, Grenadier Guards, 3rd Bn.
Killed on 4 March 1949 while on jungle patrol with the 3rd Battalion at Selangor, Malaysia. His body was returned to the UK for burial.
Sherborne School Book of Remembrance.
The Shirburnian, Spring 1949:
J.R.S.FARRER (a) 1942-1945. John Farrer, younger brother and son of O.SS. both in their time in the School House, came to Sherborne somewhat later after undergoing part of his education in South Africa owing to the war. But he very soon established himself by the cheerful vitality and good humour which won him a host of friends. No mean athlete, he gained his colours in the SV of 1944; a place in the XI of the next year was a moral certainty, but he insisted on leaving early – in March 1945 – in the hope of seeing active service before the war ended. This was not to be, but his army record was outstanding enough to secure him a permanent commission in the Grenadiers. In March, 1949, he was killed in Malaya while engaged on patrol duty against terrorists.