Funeral at Stalmine of WW2 hero who joined RAF Regiment as a teenager

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Albert (Bert) Alfred Farmer, of Galway Avenue, Bispham, died aged 98 last month after a short stay in Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

But he was just a teenager when he joined the fight against Hitler as a member of the new RAF regiment almost exactly 80 years ago.

This new regiment officially came into force in February 1942, when Albert was only 18 years old, and from the start it had 66,000 men drawn from other squadrons.

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Funeral of veteran Albert Alfred Farmer in Stalmine. Photo: Dan Martino

Typical missions included recovering downed aircrew and fiercely defending airfields at a time when they were certain targets for enemy attack.

At first, Albert was based in North Africa, but he also saw service in Europe.

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Great-grandfather Alfred was one of the last surviving members of this first RAF regiment, and members of the armed forces were there to pay their respects during his funeral at St James’s Church in Stalmine on Friday May 6.

World War II veteran Farmer Albert with his beloved dog, Sheba

His son Leroy Farmer, 50, from Preesall, said: ‘My dad was an independent character until the end and he always lived in his own house until he was hospitalized after his fall.

“He didn’t talk much about his war service, but he said he was proud to enlist as much as possible.

“He grew up in London and at the start of the war he saw the Spitfires fighting the Messerschmitts in their dogfights over the city during the Battle of Britain.

“After the war, he received several medals for his service.

Albert Alfred Farmer was a member of the RAF Regiment in the Second World War

“He was one of seven children who all fought in World War II, and they were exceptionally lucky in that they all came back alive.”

Born in Penarth, near Cardiff, Albert and his family moved to Guildford in Surrey when he was young and he joined the Home Guard as a teenager before moving to London and then enlisting.

He was married and divorced twice and came to the Fylde Coast in 1964, working as a tailor and later as a painter and decorator.

Albert leaves behind his daughter Tina, his son Leroy, his grandchildren Jaden and Kellie and his great-grandchildren Lily and Lola.

Some of Albert Alfred Farmer’s World War II medals including the North African Star and the European Medal.
Funeral of veteran Albert Alfred Farmer in Stalmine. Photo: Dan Martino
Funeral of veteran Albert Alfred Farmer in Stalmine. Photo by Dan Martino
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