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Hugh McFARLANE

Regimental number1161
ReligionProtestant
OccupationLabourer
AddressChillagoe, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs Bella McFarlane, Chillagoe, Queensland
Enlistment date9 October 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll5 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 21 December 1916

FateReturned to Australia 3 December 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'On the 13th November, 1916, the Pack Transport was dispersed by shell fire and some mules were killed and others escaped. The Quartermaster, with the assistance of these two men [McFARLANE and 3470 P. RYAN], immediately assisted to collect the mules and turn out transport from the Battalion and brought rations to FLERS. This was during the period that FLERS was being shelled by the enemy. The behaviour and devotion to duty of these two men during the time between 13th November, 19167 and 26th November, 1916, was excellent. They were cheerful under all conditions and I think their conduct was an excellent example to the remainder of the Battalion Transport. These two men have consistently done good work in the Battalion Transport and I beg to recommend them for some honour.'

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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