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William Samuel McFARLANE

Regimental number3590
Place of birthBelfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
AddressKojonup, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 5"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Jane McFarlane, Helen Street, Bellevue, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the 4th Royal North Lancashire Territorials.
Enlistment date28 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll25 September 1915
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 17 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919
Discharge date27 July 1919
Other details

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
SourcesNAA: B2455, McFARLANE William Samuel

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