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Reproduction uf a painting held in the RAMC Headquarters l\· t ess VC Room, depiding the action resulting in the award of the Victoria Cross to L CPL Joseph John Farmer, AHC. Joseph John f'ar mer was born on 5 May 1854. He attended a loca l school in Kings Cross, and thereafte r was apprenticed to the building trade. However. at the age of 13 years he went to sea with the Mercantile Marine serving aboard English and American shi ps. Tn 1875 he was shipwrecked oIT the Isle of Wight. and again adoi:10.1136/jramc-127-02-10 pmid:7019422 fatcat:zf2cktxb7ncnxouxt6qeqycn2q