Trooper died in Pales­tine cam­paign

Stirling Observer - - FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY -

A well-known for­mer Stir­ling High School pupil died in hos­pi­tal in Egypt from wounds sus­tained in fight­ing in Pales­tine.

Trooper Harry Farmer was serv­ing with the Ma­chine Gun Squadron of New Zealand Mounted Ri­fles.

He was the sec­ond son of the late Mr Wil­liam Farmer, and Mrs Farmer, who resided at 23 Al­bert Place.

The Ob­server said Trooper Farmer would be warmly re­mem­bered by for­mer High School pupils.

“Of an ex­tremely lively dis­po­si­tion,prob­a­bly his first ex­pe­ri­ences of massed fight­ing were gained in Spit­tal Street where he was found hurl­ing snow­balls and de­fi­ance at the Al­lan’s School pupils,” said the pa­per.

He was an all-round sports­man and a lead­ing light in en­ter­tain­ment pro­vided for the poor at East Church.

He was also a mem­ber of Fourth Vol­un­teer Bat­tal­ion A&SH and re­mem­bered for “the vigour of his work in bay­o­net ex­er­cises”.

Trooper Farmer em­i­grated to New Zealand to take up sheep farm­ing and vol­un­teered his ser­vices to the mil­i­tary be­fore war had even been de­clared.

He went on to serve in the Gal­lipoli, Si­nai and Pales­tine cam­paigns.

Trooper Farmer’s el­der brother was a so­lic­i­tor in Glas­gow and his younger brother Charles was a for­mer Ran­dolph Medal­list at the High School.

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