The Changing Room - Gunner Farrow
7 Queen Street
During World War One, this was a private house, occupied by Violet Richards, a milliner, then by Thomas Richards, probably her father, a basket maker.
Jeanne London now leases the property and owns the business The Changing Room. Her grandfather, George Farrow, served during the war. The photograph was taken before he went to war, and shows him with his wife and their two daughters, Eva May and Edith.
Gunner George Farrow enlisted as a Regular in Alton, Hampshire, and was in the Royal Garrison Artillery and a Sapper in the Royal Engineers. Having survived the Battle of the Somme, on 20th September 1917 he was wounded by a shell penetrating his skull during the Battle of Passchendaele, and died on 27th September after 12 months’ service, aged 33
Image courtesy of Jeanne London
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