Date of Birth: 1887
Place of Birth: Southampton.
Date of Marriage: 1909.
Place of Marriage: Southampton
Service: Mercantile Marine.
Ship: H.M.S GlenartCastle
Death location: At sea.
Life Before the War.
Charles was born in Sholing Southampton 1887, his parents were John and Emily (nee Giles). John was born in 1850 in Sunderland and was a sailmaker, his mother Emily was born in Fawley Southampton in January 1853, they were married in July 1882 in South Stoneham. Southampton.
Charles father’s first wife Margaret Gibson died in Gateshead in July 1882 they had one son John Robinson born on 14th February 1877, he died in March 1954 in Winchester.
Charles had 1 step brother John b1877 – d1954 and 4 sisters Isabella b1882 – 1964, Catherine b1887, Bertha b1889 – 1979 and Clara b1893 – 1956.
In the census of 1891 he was living at 1 Hope Cottage Sholing with his parents and John, Isabella, Catherine and Bertha. His father John was working as a mariner.
In the census of 1901 Charles was living with his parents, brothers and sisters at Commercial Street.Bitterne , Charles was working as a shipwright apprentice.
Charles married Margaret (neeBrander) in 4th December 1909 in Southampton, she was born in 1887 they had two sons Charles Leonard John who was born 1910, he died in 1979 and Cyril George b May & died December 1913 and 1 daughter Margaret E born 1917. Charles mother died in March 1942 in Southampton.
In the census of 1911 Charles was working as a shipwright and living at “Delhi” Spring Road. Sholing.Southampton with his wife and son Charles.
Charles father John died in October 1932 and probate of £1434. 5s 6d went to Charles’s brother John who was working as a crane driver, his father was recorded as having the address of 8 Millais Road. Itchen.Southampton .
Charles joined the Mercantile Marine Service and served as a carpenter on H.M.H.S.Glenhart Castle until she was torpedoed an sunk 26th February 1918.
He was entitled to the Mercantile Marine Medal.
The Glenhart Castle was built in 1900 for the Union Castle Line and during the First World War she was used as a hospital ship. On the 26th February 1918 in the early hours she was enroute from Newport in Wales to Brest in France to pick up wounded and was sailing with only her crew and hospital staff , although she was fully lit and showing the signs of a hospital ship at 0400 hours she was hit by a torpedo from the German U Boat UC56, she sank in 8 minutes resulting in 162 crew being killed including the captain. The UBoat continued to shoot at survivors , the body of a junior officer was recovered from the water with 2 gunshot wounds to his body, he was wearing a life vest indicating he was shot while in the water. There was only 16 survivors.
After the war the captain of the U Boat Kapitanleutnant d.R. Wilhelm Kiesewetter was interned in the Tower of London, but released on the grounds that Britain had no right to hold a detainee during the Armistice. During th Second World War he became Commanding Officer of a training ship UC-1 the oldest U Boat commander in history age 62.
The following text was in remembrance on his death : “Farrow Crptr Charles H.M.H.S Glenhart Castle (Southampton). Drowned as a result of an enemy attack by an enemy submarine , 26th February 1918 Aged 31, son of John and Emily Farrow husband of Margaret Farrow nee Brandon of 2 Garibaldi Terrace Southampton.Born at Southampton”.
In February 2002 a memorial was dedicated at Hartland Point Devon in memory of those lost on the Glenhart Castle.
Researched by Shaun Connolly May 2014.