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.