The producers of a TV series called Find My Past have sent me an email alert about a progamme to be aired next week.
The show brings together descendants of various men who were involved in the 1916 execution of Harry Farr for cowardice.
Farr’s is one of the most disturbing of the ‘shot-at-dawn’ cases. He was traumatised by battle, lost his nerve, and was arrested. According to military law he was guilty – but no-one in the chain of command seems to have recommended commutation of the sentence.
It was Farr’s family who agitated most strongly in the campaign for pardons for deserters. What might be interesting in this programme is that it includes another set of descendants – those of RSM Haking, who reportedly told Farr: ‘You are a fucking coward and will go in the trenches – I give fuck all for my life and I give fuck all for yours, and I’ll get you fucking well shot.’ Farr refused, and Haking arrested him. It’ll be interesting to see how the programme deals with this. Another of the participants is a grandson of Douglas Haig. The presenter is a bloke who was on Strictly Come Dancing. You can find a video trailer by clicking here.
The episode airs on Thursday 1st December on Yesterday at 9pm, and will be repaeted through the week.