|Alternative Address:||Rathcline, Lanesborough; Ballyleague, Lanesborough, Co. Longford|
|Regiment/Unit:||Manchester Regiment, 1st Battalion|
|Date of Death:||09-01-1917|
|Cause:||Killed in action, Battle of the Khadairi Bend, Iraq|
|Memorial:||Basra Memorial, Nasiriyah Road, Basrah, Iraq (Roll of Honour available at CWGC HQ, Maidenhead, U.K.)|
John was a native of Rathcline.
Pte Farrell enlisted in Manchester with the Manchester Regiment and entered into the war in August 1915, initially serving on the Western front (France/Belgium). Farrell was serving in the Mesopotamia campaign when he went missing in action likely during the Battle of the Khadairi Bend on the 9 January 1917, which was the prelude to the Second Battle of Kut and the advance on Baghdad. He was presumed as dead by February 1917.
Interestingly, the Very Rev. Thomas Canon Sharrock, of The Cathedral, Chapel Street, Salford, Manchester, was named as executor in his register of effects, and medal rolls index.
|Notes:||The medal rolls index notes that John's brother made an application for John's medals. No name was given, although it appears that the brother resided in Ballyleague, as the address is given on the card. Sadly the cemetery in which John Farrell was laid to rest had been largely destroyed by 2013.|