Charles Robert Farbon

Census Address: 47 Casterton Road
Place of Birth: Stamford
Date of Birth: 1899
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Percy and Charles Robert’s father, Robert Farbon, was born in Morton, Lincs and their mother Louise in Camden Town but all their children were born in Stamford.

In 1911 Robert was a Clothier’s Assistant for an Outfitter. The 3 children, Percy 13 years, Charles Robert 11 years and Albert Edward 8 years were all at school. Their cousin Nellie, a Dressmaker aged 20 years, was also living at 47 Casterton Road.

Percy – born 16-4-1897

Percy enlisted in the Navy as an Engine Room Artificer on March 3rd 1918. His age was given as 23 years which is strange as he was only just 21 years – perhaps he had served in the army earlier giving a false age or perhaps he was entitled to more pay or a higher rank – we are not likely to solve this mystery.

His 1st ‘ship’ was the HMS Victory II – actually the Crystal Palace/Sydenham Shore Training Depot. He then served on HMS Greenwich in the Baltic Campaign before he was demobilised in November 1919.

In 1921 Percy graduated as a Mechanical Engineer. His address was still 47 Casterton Rd. It is not known when he moved from Stamford but by 1929, when his father died, he was a Works Manager and he died in Congleton, Cheshire in 1974.

Charles Robert – born 18-5-1899

Charles enlisted in the London Regiment, Civil Service Rifles in February 1917. He served in France and was wounded on August 8th 1918. He was demobbed in March 1919.

Through the 1920s he and his brother Albert Edward lived at 54 Lavender Gardens in London. Charles was a Secretary and Albert a Bank Clerk. In 1929 Charles married Betsy M Swift in West Ham. Their daughter was born in Croyden and from at least 1939 to 1968 they lived at 27 Cranleigh Rd SW19. He may have retired to Taunton where he died in 1983.

Louisa Kirby Farbon (mother) died 1937 at Stamford Infirmary – Probate granted to Charles Robert

An Albert Edward Farbon was interned in Jersey 1940-45