CEF Soldier Detail

Lieutenant Robert George MacFarlane
Died: March 6, 1916

Regimental Number:
2125
Survived War:
No
Force:
British Army
Regiment:
Royal Engineers
Battalion:
177th Field Company
Company:
177th Company
Place of Birth:
Huntingdon, Quebec
Country:
Canada
Next of Kin:
James MacFarlane, Brother,Huntingdon, Quebec
Address at Enlistment:
Nelson, BC / Trail, BC
Date of Birth:
January 28, 1889
Trade or Calling:
Mining Engineer
Marital Status:
Single
Prior Military Experience:
Yes
Place of Enlistment:
Valcartier, Quebec
Date of Enlistment:
September 26, 1914
Age at enlistment:
25
Height:
5 Feet 6 Inches
Chest:
38 Inches
Expansion:
2 Inches
Religion:
Presbyterian
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Europe    
Cause of Death:
Died of Wounds
Battle Died/Wounded:
Railway Wood (Trenches near Ypres)
Date of Death:
March 6, 1916
Age at Death:
27
Buried at:
Lijjsenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium
Plot:
V. A. 2
Commemorated:
Huntingdon, Quebec
 
Prisoner of war:
No
Interned:
Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Caucasian
LAC Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1Box 6821-35
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Lieutenant Royal Engineers 177th Field Company 177th Company
Corporal Canadian Infantry 1st Division Cyclist Company
Lieut. Macfarlane was one of the initial men that enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces in September 1914 (Regimental Number 2125, 1st Canadian Division Cyclist Corps). He was born in Huntingdon in January 1889, was a graduate of McGill University (1910) and was working as a Mining Engineer. Because of his mining experience he was transferred to the 177th Tunnelling Company of the Royal Engineers, which was attached to the British 2nd Army. This company was formed in June 1915 with the express purpose of provicing mining services: listening posts, cables or to place mines underneath the enemy trenches. He was killed in Flanders, probably near Ypres, on 6 March 1916. Lieut. Macfarlane was the brother of Elsie M. Macfarlane, of 1622, St. Urbain St., Montreal, Canada.