ANTHONY FARRAR-HOCKLEY, PART TWO

October 14, 2020 hello 0 Comment

ANTHONY FARRAR-HOCKLEY, PART TWO

MILITARY CAREER

At the eruption of World War II in September 1939, when he was 15 years old, Farrar-Hockley dropped out and enlisted in the Gloucestershire Military Unit ranks. After found out that he was not of age, he was released. Two years later, he enlisted once more and was posted to the Young Soldiers (70th) Battalion, Glosters. A year later, in November, he was commissioned and assigned to the new 1st Airborne Division serving in the Parachute Military Unit in Greece, Italy, and France. In 1944, he was given command of a group in the Royal Welch (6th) Parachute Battalion and later won a Military Cross in Greece while opposing Athens’ communist rebellion.

After his services with the Gloucestershire military unit, he gained a permanent commission in that military unit in April 1945, in Palestine during the Palestine Emergency; he fought in the Korean War, still with the Gloucestershire as adjutant. Farrar-Hockley offered inspiring leadership during the Campaign of the Imjin River fight for Hill 235. “A” Group had carried out the extensive attack, taken severe officer casualties, and was fraught. He volunteered to add force to the group, and his presence had an immediate effect. The group was able to cut back and hold on for some time.

Nevertheless, they became encircled, and their ammunition was exhausted too. And after hand-to-hand fighting with bayonets, were commanded to withdraw. Farrar-Hockley well thought-out an orderly retreat but as one of the last to leave the position, he was apprehended. The Gloucestershire turned out to be known as the Glorious Glousters, and he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order; however, he was a captain, and the DSO was reserved for more senior ranks. Farrar-Hockey citation asserted:

Throughout this hopeless appointment on which the Battalion’s ability to hold its position entirely depended, he was indeed an inspiration to the defenders. Captain Farrar-Hockley’s exceptional bravery, great leadership powers, and fighting spirit encouraged his men and welded them into an unconquerable tea. Farrar-Hockley conduct could not have been outshone.        

He spent a couple of years as a war prisoner. Farrar-Hockley was mentioned in dispatches for his behavior. After active service in the Cyprus Emergency (1956), Egypt (1956), and Jordan (1958), He enjoyed some time at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as a Chief instructor from 1959 to 1961.

He took command of third Battalion, Parachute Military Unit in the Persian Gulf in 1962. While there possibly the most feat of arms of his career happened in 1964 during the Aden Emergency when his Battalion apprehended a stronghold held by tribesmen and nationalists in the Radfan mountains of the north of Aden at Wadi Dhubsan. For this feat, he was awarded a Bar to his DSO.

To be continued

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