Roderick Andrew MCFARLANE

MCFARLANE, Roderick Andrew

Service Number: 1
Enlisted: 19 August 1914, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 3rd Light Horse Regiment
Born: Naracoorte, South Australia, 23 August 1880
Home Town: St Peters, Norwood Payneham St Peters, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Drill Instructor
Died: Natural Causes, Adelaide, South Australia, 21 January 1970, aged 89 years
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
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World War 1 Service

19 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
22 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Regimental Sergeant Major, SN 1, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Regimental Sergeant Major, SN 1, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Port Lincoln, Adelaide
8 Jan 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 3rd Light Horse Regiment
20 Aug 1919: Discharged AIF WW1

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Though the Defence Department are unable to state authoritatively that Private Roderick Andrew McFarlane was the first man in this State to enlist, as at the outbreak of the war men went into camp first and were attested afterwards, the fact that his is the first name recorded entitles him to the honor. He is still on active service in Palestine, and so is his horse, to which he is greatly attached. Private McFarlane has never had a day's sick-leave since enlisting, in fact, he has grown stouter, and describes himself as "too beastly healthy"." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 19 Jan 1918 (