MACFARLANE, Sydney Colin

Service Number: 77
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 6th South Australian Imperial Bushmen
Born: Angaston, South Australia , 25 December 1876
Home Town: Malvern, Unley, South Australia
Schooling: Hahndorf College
Occupation: Mercantile Manager
Died: Died of Wounds , Eshowe, South Africa, 10 June 1906, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Eshowe Cemetery, South Africa
Post Boer War - As a member of the Johannesburg Mounted Rifles - fighting Zulu rebels.
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Boer War Service

5 May 1900: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Private, SN 77, 2nd Western Australian Mounted Infantry
1 Jan 1901: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Lieutenant, 6th South Australian Imperial Bushmen

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Birth names: Sidney Collin McFarlane

Mother: Miriam McFarlane (nee Smith) 

Father: David Muir McFarlane 

Educated at Hahndorf and later worked at Port Lincoln South Australia before relocating to Western Australia

Slightly wounded at Vet River 05/05/1900 when serving with  the 2nd Western Australian Contingent as a Trooper.

Remained in South Africa and during the Zulu uprising served with the Johannesburg Mounted Rifles

Died of wounds 10 June 1906 after being wounded in action fighting Zulu rebels.

Buried at Eshowe, South Africa


The following information was provided courtesy Mr John Sweetman 24 May 2016 

S.C. MacFarlane DSO.

As a Lieutenant in the 6th South Australian Imperial Bushmen's Contingent, he was promoted to Captain and awarded the DSO, along with Captain J. Watt, of the 5th Contingent " for conspicuous gallantry and fearless leading in night attack on Smut's laager at Grootvlei on 1 August 1901.

Captain MacFarlane was reported killed in action on 10 June 1906 whilst serving with the Transvaal Mounted Rifles during the 1906 Zulu Rebellion.

Mentioned in Lord Kitchener's Despatch of 8 August 1901 : London Gazette 15 November 1901, page 7378.

Awarded the DSO : London Gazette 31 October 1902, page 6909.

Awarded the Queen's South Africa Medal, with 4 clasps.

In the citation for Captain Watt's DSO, the scene of the action is given as Grootvalliers Farm.

Reference : Australian and New Zealand Honours and Awards of the Boer War, 1899 - 1902, by Ronald J. Austin, 2010, page 37 and 56.