Private 41386, 17th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment, 2nd Leeds Pals

There is very little information at all about James Farr, and what exists is mainly speculation.

According to one site he initially joined the 1/8th West Yorks Regiment with the number 2792. He was then posted to 17th West Yorks Regiment (the Bantams) with the new number 41386, and this became 15/17th West Yorks Regiment. On 16th April 1915 he arrived in France. He was transferred to Class Z on 20th March 1919, and was awarded the 1915 Star, the Victory and British War Medals. (Source: Medal Roll and card)

He may have been born in Leeds in March 1895, the son of Thomas Farr and Alice Lister, who had married in Leeds in December 1872. (Source: Free BMD website)

In 1881 Thomas was a stone breaker, in 1891 a general labourer, in 1901 a grinder in a brickyard, but by 1911 he was dead, probably in 1901, age 47.
They had 15 children, of whom 12 were living at the 1911 Census: Thomas, William Harry, Frederick, Polly, George William, Edward, Joshua, Nellie, James, Alice, Elizabeth Ann, Lily. On this Census Jim Farr was a fitter, iron, (and added in pencil, textile machinery.) Their address in 1891 and 1901 was 20 Bread Street, Leeds, and in 1911 8 Victoria Square, New Wortley, Leeds. (Source: Census records)

The Absent Voters List has James Farr at 7 Thirteenth Avenue, Bramley, together with Alice Farr, but it is not known whether this is his mother or sister. (Source: Leeds Absent Voters’ List 1918)

There is a marriage for a James Farr and Lilian Wray in Bramley, June 1923.
He possibly died in 1942, age 47. (Source: Family Search website)

Researcher: Peter Taylor

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