Distinguished Service Medal, (GV) (C.E.R.A. 1Cl. H.M.S. Centurion. 31. May, – 1. June 1916), 1914-15 Star (C.E.R.A. 1, R.N.), British War and Victory Medals (Art. Eng. R.N.); Royal Navy L.S. & G.C., G.V.R. (C.E.R.A. 2Cl., H.M.S. Centurion),
One of only two D.S.M.’s awarded to the ship for Jutland.
D.S.M. London Gazette 15/9/1916.
Frederick Thomas Farmer was born at Wolverhampton, Staffordshire on 11 August 1876 enlisting with the Royal Navy on 21 September 1898. He was posted to the King George V-class Battleship Centurion on 22 May 1913 and promoted Chief Engine Room Artificer class I with her on 23 September 1915.
Centurion was part with the 2nd Battle Squadron s at the front of Jellicoe’s line with Centurion taking the 3rd position in line. As the fleets came into contact and opened fire Centurion initially targeted the Battlecruiser Lützow.
After the Battle just two men were awarded the D.S.M. Farmer received a Warrant Officer’s commission in the wake of the Battle, being commissioned Acting Artificer Engineer and posted to Vivid on 11 December 1916.
Posted to the South American Station with Southampton on 9 April 1919 Farmer’s rank was altered to Warrant Engineer. A rank he was to hold for the rest of his service, being posted Home in June 1921, he never again served outside Britain. Retiring on 11 August 1926 and to Commissioned Engineer on 5 April 1949.
Sold together with a fine original photograph in uniform, newspaper cutting and postcard of H.M.S. Centurion addressed to the recipient’s wife as well as copied service records.