He was a saddler’s apprentice to his father Walter Farn, and is shown as living in
West Haddon, aged 15, in the 1901 census records.
By 1911 William had left (probably to Canada). He was married to Ivy, a Canadian
girl, and he joined the Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment). The regiment was moved
to England when war came, and then crossed to France as part of the 11th Brigade.
He died in the Battle of the Somme between 20 and 21 October 1916, age 23, and was
buried in the Adanac Military Cemetery at Miraumont, northwest of Amiens, France.
His father and divorced mother lived on in Northampton, and his wife Ivy in Ontario,