Farmiloe, William Arthur


The only son of George Arthur Farmiloe and Constantia Farmiloe (the daughter of William Boissevain, an Amsterdam banker), he came to Mr Altham’s House in January 1926.   On leaving Winchester he joined his family firm of T & W Farmiloe, paint and sanitary ware suppliers. On 2nd July 1940 he married Esther Tyson, daughter of Thomas Tyson of Middleton. On the outbreak of war he joined the London Rifle Brigade, later transferring as a Captain to 11 (Scottish) Commando, becoming its Adjutant.    At the beginning of 1941 they were posted to the Middle East, sailing from Arran on 31st January, arriving at Suez, via Freetown and Capetown, on 7th March.  11 Commando then moved from Alexandria to Palestine and at the end of April sailed from Haifa to Cyprus to bolster the garrison there. He fell in action during the costly, but ultimately successful, Battle of the Litani River, which took place during the advance on Beirut on 9th June 1941, and lies in grave 1.I.13 of the Beirut War Cemetery.

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Farmiloe
  • Forenames or initials: William Arthur
  • House: A
  • Years in School: 1926-1930
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: 11 (Scottish) Commando
  • Date of Birth: 3rd January 1913
  • Date of Death: 9th June 1941
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner F1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Beirut War Cemetery: Grave 1.I.13