Favell family history

Died in the Great War

This page gives details of the 19 Soldiers who died during the First World War

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Arthur Favell - Serjeant 1081 - 21st Bn London Regiment (First Surrey Rifles) died on Thursday 18th May 1916.  He is buried in the Cabaret - Rouge British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

Also his Brother

Harry Favell DCM MM - Company Quartermaster Serjeant 680156 22nd Battalion London Regiment died on Monday 2nd September 1918.  His grave is in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France.  He was awarded both the DCM (Distinguished Conduct Medal) and the MM (Military Medal.

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Harry's award of the DCM was reported posthumously in the London Gazette of 14th January 1919.  The citation reads "On 22nd / 23rd August 1918, south of Albert, when our troops on the flank were compelled to withdraw under heavy pressure, he displayed great gallantry and disregard of danger, rallying the men by his splendid example under heavy artillery and machine gun fire.  He was of great assistance to the only Officer left of the company, and it was largely due to his efforts that a defensive flank was formed that successfully held up the enemy".  He was killed in action only ten days later.HFdcmmm.JPG (27772 bytes)

The brothers were from Bermondsey in London and in the photograph above it is believed that Harry is on the left and Arthur on the right.  The single photograph is believed to show Harry shortly after enlistment.  (Photographs courtesey of Tracey bowers)

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Arthur and Harry's Father, Arthur E Favell, had previously served in the Territorial Army, and when war came he signed up again when he was 48 years old.   He served throughout the war with the 112th Protection Company of The Royal Defence Corps, carrying out guard duties in the UK that would free up younger fighting men.

The photo on the right is believed to show Harry with another Sergeant friend from the same regiment.






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Ernest Torre Favell - Lieutenant Commander HMS "Pathfinder", Royal Navy died on Saturday, 5th September 1914 aged 29.  The son of Colonel Thomas Milnes Favell and Anna Jane Favell, of "Fairwood", Pine Grove, Weybridge, Surrey .  Ernest is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial overlooking the town of Chatham in Kent.   Launched in 1904, the Pathfinder displaced 2,940 tons, had a speed of 25 knots and was armed with nine inch guns.   In the first demonstration of the deadly potential of the German U boat, the light cruiser "Pathfinder" was torpedoed in the Firth of Forth on a calm sunlit day.   She sank in minutes with a heavy loss of life.



Charles Favell - Gunner 23776 "C" Battery, 111th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery died on Sunday 14th March 1915 aged 30.  Charles was the son of Charles and Rebecca Favell of 47 the Avenue, Ramsey, Huntingdonshire.  He is buried in Upton (St Margaret) Churchyard, Norfolk.   The Hunts County News, for 19th March 1915 carries the following obituary: -   FAVELL:  In the Red Cross Hospital at Frome, Somerset, on March 14th, Gunner Charles Favell, Royal Field Artillery, son of Mr Charles Favell of Alconbury Weston, from influenza and pneumonia, aged 28 years.


Cecil Ernest Faville, Private Canadian Infantry Regiment, died of wounds Sept 26th 1916, France


Edward Stewart  Favell - Private 46177 Canterbury Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force


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Ernest Favell - Private 49336 36th Field Ambulance Royal Medical Corps died on Sunday 29th April 1917 and is buried in Feuchy British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.  (Pictured right)  He is almost certainly the same E Favell commemorated on the Irthlingborough,  Northamptonshire war memorial.  Unusually,  Ernest is commemorated for a third time in Irthlingborough Cemetery on a memorial to local Scouts.  (Photo courtesy of Dave Valentine)







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George Favell -Private 14100 2nd Battalion Suffolk Regiment is commemorated on the Memorial to the missing at Arras (pictured right) - Click here for more information

The only photograph currently available shows George aged about 10 years.  He died at the age of 19.






H Favell - Driver T/438647 667th H.T. company, Army Service Corps died on Sunday, 17th November 1918.  His grave is in Greenwich Cemetery, London where the majority of burials were from the Military Herbert Hospital or the Brook War Hospital.

H Favell - Private 26225, 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) died on Tuesday, 22nd October 1918.  His grave is in the Queant Road Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.


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Herbert James Favell - Rifleman S/28707 11th Battalion Rifle Brigade died on Monday 1st April 1918 aged 34.  The son of James Favell, he is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial (right) Somme, France.






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J Favell Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment)

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J G Favell  - Private 9418 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards died on Wednesday 4th November 1914.  His grave is in Poperinge old Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.










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John William Favell - Private 14594 Lincolnshire Regiment died on Tuesday 14th March 1916 aged 38.

His grave is in the Churchyard of St Mary's, Swineshead.  Information from John William Favell's grandson is that John was born on April 25th 1877 in Swineshead.  He married Sarah Anne Swinn and they had a family of five children.  He enlisted in the Lincolnshire regiment at the start of the war and in March 1916 he drowned in the beck (stream) near his home.  The verdict was suicide.  It seems that he had possibly served overseas and was returned to the UK suffering from the effects of gas.  This might fit with his being attached to a reserve battalion at the time of his death.




J W Favell - Private G/78270 29th Battalion Middlesex Regiment died on Sunday, 18th February 1917.  His grave is in Anfield Cemetery, Liverpool



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Reginald John Favell - Corporal I0/7 2nd Battalion, Leinster Regiment, the son of John and Mary Elizabeth Favell of 17, Cunningham Park, Harrow, Middlesex, died on Thursday, 2nd August 1917 at the age of  27 .   His name is commemorated on the Menin Gate at Ypres in Belgium, that bears the names of the men who were lost without trace during the defence of the Ypres salient.  Reginald is also commemorated on the local war memorial at Pinner in North London.








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Sydney Joseph Favell - Private 425542 10th Battalion London regiment died on Friday 28th December 1917.   His grave (pictured right) is in Cement House Cemetery, Langemarck, Langemarck-Poelkapelle, West-V, Belgium.


W G Favell - Private 5582 2nd/7th Battalion, London Regiment died on Wednesday, 7th June 1916 aged 29  His grave is at Kensal Green (All Soul's) Cemetery, London


A T J Favelle - Sapper, Canadian Railway Troops




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William Reginald Favell - Second Lieutenant 4th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment.   William was the son of son of Richard and Ada Favell of Belmont House, Sheffield.  William Reginald Favell died on Sunday, 2nd July 1916 at the age of 34.  He is buried in the Authuile Military Cemetery, in the Somme, France.  At the outbreak of war he volunteered and attested for service while he was in Canada working as a Rancher.  However he did not join the Canadian Expeditionary force but returned to England to enlist.





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