He was the elder son of Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Hughes Farebrother, of Beyton, Suffolk, and Edith Violet Farebrother (daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel C.A. Muspratt-Adams). He entered the School with a Headmaster’s nomination, and continued on the Classical side, reaching Senior Division though not to full scholarship standard. In the athletic sphere he distinguished himself as a fine fencer, taking Kirby Foils in 1940, and he was President of School IV and School VIII. In all Boat Club matters he took the keenest interest, and was tireless in coaching others. Together with his outdoor activities, he loved music and was an enthusiastic member of Glee Club.
Always a keen soldier, he planned to follow his father into the Indian Army, but in the course of the war it was decided that he should first serve with a British regiment. He received a commission in 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards, with whom he saw service in North Africa and Italy until he fell in action near Perugia on June 19th 1944, aged twenty.
He is buried in grave IX.B.10 of the Assisi War Cemetery.
- Surname: Farebrother
- Forenames or initials: Harcourt
- House: K
- Years in School: 1936-1942
- Rank: Lieutenant
- Regiment: Grenadier Guards
- Date of Birth: 30th July 1923
- Date of Death: 19th June 1944
- How Died: Killed in Action
- Location in War Cloister: Inner B1
- Decoration: NA
- Burial Site: Assisi War Cemetery: Grave IX.B.10