Lieutenant Robert George MacFarlane

Regimental Number:
2125
Survived War:
No
Force:
British Army
Regiment:
Royal Engineers
Battalion:
177th Field Company
Company:
177th Company
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Prior Military Experience:
Yes
Enlistment Date:
September 26, 1914
Age at Enlistment:
25
Enlisted at:
Valcartier, Quebec
Address at Enlistment:
Nelson, BC / Trail, BC
Civilian Occupation:
Mining Engineer
Saw Service in:
Europe
Date of Death:
March 6, 1916
Age at Death:
27
Cause of Death:
Died of Wounds
Battle Died/Wounded:
Railway Wood (Trenches near Ypres)
Burial:
Lijjsenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium
Plot:
V. A. 2
Commemorated:
Huntingdon, Quebec
 
Date of Birth:
January 28, 1889
Next of Kin:
James MacFarlane, Brother,Huntingdon, Quebec
Place of Birth:
Huntingdon, Quebec
Country of Birth:
Canada
Prisoner of War:
No
Interned:
Married:
Single
Religion:
Presbyterian
Height:
5 Feet 6 Inches
Chest:
38 Inches
Expansion:
2 Inches
Ethnic Origin:
Caucasian
   
NAC Reference: ^1Box 6821-35
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Corporal
Canadian Infantry
1st Division
Cyclist Company
Lieutenant
Royal Engineers
177th Field Company
177th Company
Awards and Decorations
Notes
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.
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