The GREAT War 1914 -
Adlington, Anderton and Heath Charnock remember.
Senior Reserve Attendant M/8995, Royal Navy,died Thursday, 11 March 1915, serving on HMS Bayano.
He was aged 28 and was the son of Henry and Esther Farnworth, Babylon Lane, Adlington. He was born 4 December 1887, and married Amelia Chadwick, sister of Arthur Chadwick, 9 Springfield Terrace, in 1912 at St Paul's Church, Adlington.They had one son. Their address in 1914 was 15 Peter Street, Barrowford. William was a warp dresser.
Corporal Farnworth enlisted from 2 August 1914 from the St John Ambulance volunteers trained at Adlington. His Royal Navy papers state that he was 5ft 51/4in tall,.with a chest measurement of 33 inches., Had dark brown hair, blue eyes, a sallow complexion, and a mole on the right side of his chin. He was at the Haslar Hosptial from 2nd August to 23rd December 1914, then registered on HMS Victory for one day before being transferred to the Bayano on the 24th December.
The Bayano was a banana boat belonging to Elders and Fyffe, built in Glasgow in 1913. She was converted into an armed merchant cruiser for convoy duty. She was 416ft 6in long, with a beam of 53ft 2in, and a tonnage of 5948,
Commanded by H C Carr, it left Glasgow on 10th March 1915, and was torpedoed on the morning of the 11th March by u-
William was the first local man to be killed in the conflict.
Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser 20 March 1915
LOST WITH THE "BAYANO"
Adlington has lost a volunteer last week by the sinking of H.M.S. "Bayano". The vessel was an armed auxiliary cruiser, and is supposed to have been sunk somewhere off the East Coast of Scotland in the early hours of Thursday, last week. An Adlington man named Corporal Wm. Farnworth belonging to the Ambulance division, was aboard. He, prior to the outbreak of the war, had been living at Heywood. An intimation has been received of the list of those who have been saved, but it does not contain the name of Farnworth. The Admiralty notify that it must be presumed that those not so appearing must have lost their lives.
Farnworth was 28 years of age, a married man with a wife and one child, and had been in the Adlington Ambulance Corps, under Dr W.C. Rigby, for about twelve years. On the outbreak of the war, Farnworth was in the Adlington district. He had been a member of the Royal Naval Sick Berth Reserve, but was time-
Adlington Parish Church magazine August 1915
A most impressive and beautiful Memorial Service was held in the Parish Church on Thursday, July 1st, when we commemorated the three soldiers connected with Adlington who have given their lives for the cause of liberty and true peace -
red Advertiser 10 March 1917
No loved ones stood around him
To bid a fond farewell;
No words of comfort could he leave
With those he loved so well.
Ever remembered, from Wife and Child
Worthy of everlasting love
From those he left behind; A better brother never lived, Nor one more good and kind.
From Father and Sisters, Babylon-
Sometime, some day, in the better land,
We shall meet again and understand.
From Brother Jim (Mesopotamia)
[James Farnworth's name is on the Rivington Church and the Loyal Heath Charnock Glory Lodge of
Oddfellows' rolls of honour]
William Farnworth is commemorated on the Portsmoth Naval Memorial, Southsea Common, panel no. 10, The three manning ports, Chatham, Plymouth and Portsmouth each have an identical memorial obelisk to members of the Royal Navy with no known grave. A copy of the memorial Register is kept at the Civic Offices, Guildhall Square.
He is also commemorated on the Adlington War Memorial, The Adlington Parish Church memorial, the Rivington Church memorial, the Bay Horse )Heath Charnock) Bowling Club roll of honour, and the Loyal Heath Charnock Glory Lodge of Oddfellow. roll of honour. He was remembered at the unveiling ceremony of this roll of honour.
Historical Note -
U27 was launched on 14/7/1913, and commissioned on 8/5/1914. On 18/10/1914 she torpedoed and sank the British submarine E3, which was the first time that a submarine had been sank by another. On 31/10/1914 she sank the seaplane carrier, HMS Hermes, and went on to sink the Bayano, another six British merchant ships, two Norwegian and one Spanish ship.
On 19/8/1915, U27 was sunk by gunfire from the Q-