Lt Henry C. Farmer RNVR 21st February 1941

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  1. Steve49

    Steve49 Well-Known Member

    Friday 21st February 1941

    FARMER, Henry C, Ty/Lieutenant, RNVR, killed [SWANSEA (MORRISTON) CEMETERY]

    Minesweeping Trawler HMT Silja. He is noted by naval-history as being killed by German bombing at Swansea. Was he killed onboard the trawler or killed ashore? Any ideas?


  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Swansea Civilian Dead, surnames E-H
    Swansea Civilian Dead, surnames E-H
    • ** Farmer, Henry Collingwood. Lieutenant. Died 21/02/1941 aged 36. Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve HMS Silja. Buried at Morriston Cemetery. Son of Henry Theodore Stahl Farmer, MA, and Annie Louise Farmer; husband of Kay Silvia Farmer, of Botley, Hampshire. F.R.I.B.A.

    ** Not a civilian but listed in register of civilian deaths. In some cases, the individual was killed while on leave

    History Points - Swansea Civilian Dead, surnames E-H

    Silja, bombing, at Swansea

    FARMER, Henry C, Ty/Lieutenant, RNVR, killed
    Royal Navy casualties, killed and died, February 1941

    Henry Collingwood Farmer was born on 2 July 1904. From October 1923 he studied at Edinburgh College of Art and Regent Street Polytechnic and from 1926 to 1930 he attended the Royal Academy Schools. During the latter period he assisted in the office of Hugh Satchel in London, mainly working on domestic commissions and transferred in 1928 to the office of Sir Frank Baines where he worked on offices. During his vacations he travelled and made drawings in Germany, Holland, Belgium, France and Spain. He was elected ARIBA in late 1930 or early 1931, his proposers being Frank Baines, Frederick Chatterton and Alfred Cox(?).

    By 1937 Farmer had been elected FRIBA and at that time was a partner in the practice Sutcliffe, Taylor & Farmer. However his career was cut short. He served as a Ty Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Voluntary Reserve and was killed in action on the Silja at some point during the Second World War.
    Dictionary of Scottish Architects - DSA Architect Biography Report (September 24, 2021, 9:07

    Swansea Blitz am)
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  3. Steve49

    Steve49 Well-Known Member

    Hi CL1,

    Thanks for all that information.

    Indeed it looks like Lt Farmer had the misfortune to be a victim of the German air raid on Swansea.


  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

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