Percival Walter Kay-Farr

Percival Walter Kaye-Farr ©

Percival Walter Kaye-Farr ©

Date of birth: 1898
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 7869
Rank: Private
Regiment: Inns of Court Officer Training Corps (OTC)
Battalion: 6th Company
Died: 19th December 1915
Death location: Not known






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Life before the War
Percival was the youngest child of George Robert (1859 – 30th March 1933) and Clara Jane, nee Lanning (1860 – 31st May 1958).  George and Clara were both born in Southampton.  They married in Lewes in 1881.  They had seven children including Percival.

Percival’s older siblings – 2 sisters and 4 brothers – were:

Ellen Clara (1882-1884) – born in Southampton and died in Lewes.

Arthur George (1884-1972) – born in London.
Married Agnes Minnie Carpenter in Pontypool in 1906.

Frederick Robert  (1886 – 7th June 1955) – born in Southampton.
Married Emma E G Kirk in Southampton in 1914.  Emma died in 1930 and Frederick remarried in 1932, in Bournemouth, to Elizabeth Maud Lawrance.

Reginald Frank (9th September 1888 and died 1975).
Married Beatrice Elizabeth Mottram on 28th November 1917 in Streatham, London.

George Henry (1891-1987).
Married Gertrude Hunt in Southampton 1915.

Clara Victoria – born in 1893.
Married Charles W Ford in Southampton 1921.

In the census of 1901 Percival was living with his family at 10 Tennyson Road, Southampton.  His father was a Clerk at the Ordnance Survey.

The family are still at the same address at the time of the 911 census and Percival’s father is now a Superintendent at the Ordnance Survey.

“George Robert Kay Farr of 10 Tennyson Road died 30th March 1933 at 1 Botley Road West end, Southampton. Probate London 23rd May to Clara Jane Farr widow. Effects £1100 16s 10d”

“Frederick Robert Kaye Farr of 393 Holdenhurst Road, Queens Park Bournemouth died 7th June 1955. Administration London 9th September to Elizabeth Maud Farr widow. Effects £3842 8s 3d”


War Service
Percival joined the Inns of Court OTC on 26th November 1915.  He died less than a month later on the 19th December 1915.

The Inns of Court OTC provided basic officer training.  On graduation candidates were commissioned.  Percival’s brother Reginald attended here and then became a member of the Army Service Corps.

Percival is buried at Southampton Old Cemetery in the same grave as his parents and sister.  The inscription on the shared grave reads:

The Kay-Farr family grave

The Kay-Farr family grave

In Loving Memory of
Percival Walter Kaye, youngest son of
G R K and C J Farr, who fell asleep
December 19th 1915

Also of George Robert Kay Farr
Dearly beloved husband of Clara Jane Farr
Died March 30th 1933, aged 73 years
“Peace be thine”

 Also of Clara Jane, wife of George Robert Kay Farr
Died May 31st 1958, aged 98 years

Also of Ellen Clara Kaye, daughter, who fell asleep
April 17th 1884, aged 2 years
Interred at St Anne’s, Lewes


Old Tauntonians’ Memorial Roll

Time at Taunton’s School:  1912 – 1914

Education & Employment:  Percival was born in 1898 in Southampton and lived on Tennyson Road in the town.  He was Captain of Spranger Company while at Taunton’s School.  Percival was also goalkeeper for the school football team.

Life during the War:  Percival enlisted in London.  He had just joined the Inns of Court at the Officer Training Corps in London when he died following a serious operation.  Having recently left the school many people at Taunton’s remembered him well and they spoke of him as a polite and considerate young man.  He is buried in the Old Cemetery on Southampton Common.

Percival died on 19th December 1915 aged 17 years.


Researcher: Amy Wiles
Published: 11th June 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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One response to “Percival Walter Kay-Farr

  1. Clive Boocock

    Percival is remembered on the Ordnance Survey War Memorial. He joined Ordnance Survey on 13 Aug 1914. He died at Westminster Hospital, London.

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