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Lt S Farish, Kirkmichael Church

 
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2007 10:11 am    Post subject: Lt S Farish, Kirkmichael Church Reply with quote

UKNIWM Ref 44335

Location is inside Kirkmichael Parish church, Parkgate at OS Map Ref: NY 004 883

A lot of information for a researcher on this memorial and an especially detailed carving of the KOSB badge.

UKNIWM describes the church location as Townhead but it is in fact in Parkgate. In this area, Townhead is a term used to describe the top end of the village (in height or furthest from the main road) and Townfoot is the lower end. There are lots of Townheads and Townfoots (and Lochhead and Lochfoot). But the village name here is Parkgate.

This individual memorial is in Kirkmichael Church (where he was born) but he does not appear on the church memorial or local civic memorial at Nethermill. CWGC says he is from Tod-hill Muir, Lockerbie but his name does not appear on the Lockerbie memorial. Todhillmuir actually comes under Lochmaben and his name DOES appear on the Lochmaben memorial.

The memorial has him as a Lt but CWGC and SNWM both have him as Capt.

Name: FARISH, SAMUEL
Initials: S
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Captain
Regiment/Service: King's Own Scottish Borderers
Unit Text: 1st Bn.
Age: 21
Date of Death: 24/04/1917
Additional information: Son of Samuel Thomas and Annie Farish, of Tod-hill Muir, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire. Enlisted 4th Aug., 1914. Wounded at Tartali, Serbia, 8th Dec., 1915, and at Ypres 21st Aug., 1916.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Bay 6.
Memorial: ARRAS MEMORIAL



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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2007 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From "The KOSB in the Great War", Capt. Stair Gillon, page 192:

[1st KOSB at Arras]

.... by 3am on the 25th-Gallipoli Day- the whole battalion were in the cellars of Arras.
The battalion had gone into action with 21 officers and 500 O.R. The casualties submitted by the G.O.C. in his report show that 3 officers were killed and 7 wounded, and that 20 O.R. were killed and 133 wounded, 19 being missing. 2nd Lieuts. L. Solomon and B.H. Roberts were killed on the 23rd, and 2nd Lieut. S. Farish on the 24th, the last named was one of the dwindling band who had formed the nucleus of the 9th Battalion. In Farish a promising and trustworthy subaltern was lost, as well as a charming companion.

[n.b. incorrect rank]
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, The location has now been corrected on UKNIWM/WMR
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From the Dollar Magazine Page 185 December 1917
Memorial to Lieutenant Farish.
A white marble tablet of chaste design has been placed on the east wall of Kirkmichael Parish Church to the memory of Lieutenant Samuel Farish, of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, only son of Mr and Mrs S. T. Farish of Todhillmuir; and it was unveiled on Sabbath, 14th October, by the Rev. John Bremner, B.D., minister of the church, in presence of a crowded congregation. The tablet, which is the work of Messrs J. W. Dods & Son, Dumfries, is a beautiful piece of work, and is surmounted by the arms of the regiment, which are the same as those of the city of Edinburgh, with the mottoes, “ Nisi dominus frustra,” “ In veritate religionis confido.” It is very appropriate that it should be placed in Kirkmichael Church, as the family were two centuries ago tenants of the carse lands of Kinnel, and have ever since been associated with the parish. At the close of his sermon Mr Bremner said :— “ It is not well that the memory of the noble dead should perish, but that after generations should read and be inspired by the simple record of their bravery, heroism, and devotion even unto death. And so I now proceed to unveil this memorial to one such, whose parents and grandparents worshipped in this church for many years. It reads as follows :— “ To the glory of God, and in memory of Samuel Farish, Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, K.O.S.B. ; only son of Samuel Thomas Farish of Todhillmuir. Born at Kirklands, Kirkmichael, 27th May 1895. Enlisted 4th August 1914. Wounded at Tartali, Serbia, 8th December 1915, and at Ypres, 21st August 1916. Killed in action at Monche-Le-Preuse, Arras, France, 24th April 1917. “ ‘ He lived in deeds, not words.’ “ He enlisted on the very day of the declaration of war, and was among the first forty in Glasgow to do so, writing home: ‘ I hope you don’t object, but I really could not wait to ask permission.’ That was characteristic of the spirit that animated him all through— self-denying, devoted, eager— the soldier’s noblest qualities. After being wounded the second time, he was soon invalided to the base, but with the courage and unselfishness that were natural to him, refused an offer of employment there, saying, ‘ it was a soft sort of job, more suitable for an older man than for him.’ Ten days later he was killed in action.”
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just in case you wondered what a KOSB officer was doing in Serbia (as you would!) - although Samuel was commissioned in the KOSB he landed with the 10th (Irish) Division at Gallipoli in August 1915 and served with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers until October 1915 when he moved with the Division to Salonica in Northern Greece. He was wounded at the battle of Kosturino Ridge,Tartali, Serbia on 8 December 1915 while his battalion was covering the withdrawal of the Serbian army and he was evacuated home. When he recovered he rejoined his old regiment on the Western Front.
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