|Place of birth||Belfast, Co Antrim, Ireland|
|Address||Kojonup, Western Australia|
|Age at embarkation||32|
|Next of kin||Wife, Mrs Jane McFarlane, Helen Street, Bellevue, Western Australia|
|Previous military service||Served in the 4th Royal North Lancashire Territorials.|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Place of enlistment||Blackboy Hill, Western Australia|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||28th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/45/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A30 Borda on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Driver|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||5th Machine Gun Battalion|
|Fate||Returned to Australia
War service: Egypt, Western Front
Moved out from 7th Training Bn, Zeitoun, 3 March 1916; taken on strength of 51st Bn, Tel-el-Kebir, 3 March 1916. Transferred to 13th Machine Gun Company, Tel-el-Kebir, 21 March 1916; taken on strength of unit, 22 March 1916; on detachment to School of Instruction, Zeitoun, 15 April 1916.
Embarked Alexandria on HMT 'Ivernia' to join the British Expeditionary Force, 5 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 12 June 1916; appointed Driver, 13 July 1916.
Admitted to 14th Australian Field Ambulance, 10 March 1917 (venereal disease); transferred to 5th Divisional Rest Station, 10 March 1917; to 1/1 SM Casualty Clearing Station, 11 March 1917; transferred to Ambulance Train '5', 13 March 1917; admitted to 51st General Hospital, Etaples, 25 March 1917; discharged to details, 3 April 1917 (total period of treatment for venereal disease: 25 days); marched into Machine Gun Base, Camiers, 4 April 1917; rejoined unit in the field, 15 April 1917; moved out from unit, 30 September 1917; marched into 22nd Veterinary School for Instruction, Abbeville, 2 October 1917; moved out from school on completion of course, 28 November 1917; rejoined unit in the field, 30 November 1917; proceeded on leave to England, 5 December 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 23 December 1917; designation change to 4th Machine Gun Bn, 1 April 1918; proceeded on leave to United Kingdom, 11 October 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 27 October 1918; struck off strength, 29 January 1919; moved out from Australian General Base Depot, Havre, 10 February 1919; marched into 3rd Training Brigade, Hurdcott, 11 February 1919.
Commenced return to Australia on HT 'Commonwealth', 3 April 1919; disembarked 5th Military District, 4 June 1919. Discharged Perth, 27 July 1919.Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, McFARLANE William Samuel|