William Dalzelle MCFARLAND

MCFARLAND, William Dalzelle

Service Number: 5594
Enlisted: 9 July 1915, 11th Reinforcements Melbourne
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 2nd Field Artillery Brigade
Born: South Yarra, Victoria, 1892
Home Town: Saint Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: Park St, St Kilda
Occupation: Plumber
Died: Killed in Action, France, 26 June 1916
Cemetery: Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, Bethune, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Plot 1, Row J, Grave 41
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

9 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 5594, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade , 11th Reinforcements Melbourne
24 Sep 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Driver, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade
11 Oct 1915: Involvement Gunner, 5594, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade
11 Oct 1915: Embarked Gunner, 5594, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade , HMAT Nestor, Melbourne
9 Mar 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Gunner, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade , 23rd Battery
26 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, 5594, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

William Dalzelle Coffee McFARLAND was born in 1892 in South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria

His parents were William McFARLAND and Millicent COFFEE who married in Victoria in 1888

William married Elsie CHESHIRE in 1912 - they had 3 children, Colin (deceased) Iona & John

He enlisted in Melbourne on 9th July, 1915 & embakred with the 2nd field Artillery Brigade, 11th reinforcements on the HMAT Nestor from Melbourne on 11th October, 1915

William was killed in Action on 26th June, 1916 and is buried in the Rue Petillon Military Cemetery & his name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial

Inscription on his headstone reads:


Medals:  1914-15 Star, British War Medal & Victory Medal.



McFARLAND - In sad and loving memory of my beloved son, Driver William Dalzelle (Dal) McFarland, killed in action in France, June, 26, 1916 of 5th Battery, AIF

"Far away from all who loved him - strangers gently laid him to rest

In a far away grave he is sleeping, one of Gods brightest and best"

Inserted by his loving Mother


"He died the helpess to defend"

"An Australian soldiers noble end"

"A soldier and a man"