Allan James FARQUHAR

Badge Number: 8846, Sub Branch: Westbourne Park

FARQUHAR, Allan James

Service Number: 56027
Enlisted: 15 December 1917, at Adelaide
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Semaphore, South Australia, Australia, 8 March 1897
Home Town: Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Analyst
Died: 3 July 1970, aged 73 years, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
Memorials: Adelaide Grand Masonic Lodge WW1 Honour Board, Adelaide University of Adelaide WW1 Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

15 Dec 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 56027, 1st to 6th (SA) Reinforcements, at Adelaide
23 Jul 1918: Involvement Private, SN 56027, 1st to 6th (SA) Reinforcements
23 Jul 1918: Embarked Private, SN 56027, 1st to 6th (SA) Reinforcements, HMAT Marathon, Melbourne
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Private, SN 56027, 10th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Saint Ignatius' College

Before going to war

On the 8th March 1897 Allan James Farquhar was born. A second-generation immigrant of British descent he was born in Semaphore, South Australia. He had a fresh complexion with blue eyes and brown hair. He was an analyst, was of Methodist religion with a height 1.85 metres, a weight of 59 kilograms and a chest measurement of 79 centimetres. This information outlines that he would have been religious, tall and thin.  He was 20 years old at enlistment and enlisted in Adelaide, South Australia on the 15th of December 1917. 

During service

Farquhar’s official documentation has little information in or around his service in the war. Using key dates found in his official papers paired with the unit entries and diaries a realistic assumption has been made on what he participated in or around during his service.

After enlisting, he spent several months training in Australia. He embarked for England on 23 July 1918 and arrived at London on 27 September 1918. By this stage Australian units were being withdrawn from the front and so Farquhar never saw combat. He remained in England at a variety of training camps until he began to suffer from influenza in December. On 22 December 1918 he was put on a ship to return to Australia. He was discharged from the AIF on 27 February 1919.