Hector Norman MCFARLANE

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MCFARLANE, Hector Norman

Service Number: 4242
Enlisted: 6 July 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 6th Infantry Battalion
Born: Richmond, Victoria Australia , 1888
Home Town: Sandringham, Victoria
Schooling: St. Ignatius’, Richmond, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Clerk, Ship’s Chandler
Died: Killed in action, France, 16 August 1916
Cemetery: Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

6 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, SN 4242, Melbourne, Victoria
29 Dec 1915: Involvement Private, SN 4242, 6th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
29 Dec 1915: Embarked Private, SN 4242, 6th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Demosthenes, Melbourne
16 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 4242, 6th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by Karen Standen

RICHMOND BOYS FIGHTING AND FALLING IN FRANCE.
Corporal Hector N. McFarlane, killed in action, was a fine stamp of young fellow. He was born here 27 years ago and was well esteemed in wide circle of friends. The parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. McFarlane, removed to Sandringham a few years ago. His school days at St. Ignatius' ended, young McFarlane took up the trade of a ship's chandler, and was for many years with T. M. Burroughs, Queen-street. Eighteen months ago he enlisted and was one of many soldiers who spent last Christmas on the ocean. He was on his way to Egypt, and, afterwards, France. He was one of the most prominent of the band of local boys who assisted to keep the Beverley Football Club going, and as a half-back invariably gave fine service to his side. Advices home tell that he was one of the heroic band that went on and ever on in the fighting at Pozieres — he went out of it all on August 16. Richmond Guardian, 23 September 1916 (nla.gov.au)

 

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