(Service number 6/452)
|Aliases||Allan Alexander in one instance.|
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Second Lieutenant|
|Date||12 November 1893||Place of Birth||Pleasant Point|
|Address at Enlistment||Fairlie|
|Previous Military Experience||Territorials|
|Next of Kin||Mr J. FARQUHAR (father), Clayton, Fairlie. Later of Poplar Downs, Kimbell|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||Main Body|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Canterbury Infantry Battalion|
|Date||16 October 1914|
|Transport||Tahiti or Athenic|
|Embarked From||Lyttelton, Canterbury||Destination||Suez. Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Infantry Regiment|
|Campaigns||Suez Canal; Gallipoli; Somme; Messines|
|Service Medals||1914-15 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal|
|Military Awards||Military Cross (MC)|
Award Circumstances and Date
"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in carrying out a recaonnaisance of the enemy's wire defences in bright moonlight. Though continually fired on by machine guns at close range, he reconnoitred the enemy's wire along the whole sector" London Gazette, 5 July 1918, p. 7937. 18 January 1918
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
28 September 1915 at Alexandria - discharged; convalescent. 4 December 1916 admitted to 7th General Hospital St Omer - slight gastritis. 17 February 1917 transferred to Convalescent Depot Hornchurch.
|Date||24 August 1918||Age||24 yrs|
|Place of Death||Bapaume, France|
|Cause||Killed in action (shot through the heart by a machine gun bullet)|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Grevillers British Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France|
|Memorial Reference||XII A 22|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru; Ashwick Flat War Memorial (Lt. A. A. Farquhar, M.C.); Fairlie War Memorial; Fairlie Primary School Memorial; Fairlie School Hall Memorial; Pleasant Point School Memorial; Fairlie Presbyterian Church Roll of Honour.|
Son of John & Marion FARQUHAR of Poplar Downs, Kimbell, Canterbury. Brother Alexander FARQUHAR also served in WWI. Educated at Ashwick Flat & Fairlie schools. Volunteered & passed the medical test in August 1914. Present at the Gallipoli landing. After being invalided to Egypt he returned to the Peninsula & took part in the evacuation. On Sunday, 8 August 1915, at the Fairlie Presbyterian Church, a Roll of Honour was unveiled and the 31 names on it were read out, that of Allan being among them. Named on the Roll of Honour unveiled in the Fairlie Presbyterian Church on 8 August 1915. In august 1917 he gained a Lieutenant's commission, after being sent to England, sick, following the Somme battle. In February 1918 he was awarded the Military Cross. Given a Christian burial. Described as "a fine officer and man, one who was universally loved and respected"; "one of the bravest and most unassuming boys who ever left the district (Fairlie)". Remembered by the Ashwick Flat Patriotic Committee. It was stated that he had made a Will held by J. FARQUHAR, Clayton.
Cenotaph Database [20 October 2013]; CWGC [21 October 2013]; Timaru Herald, 15 August 1914, 10 August 1915, 10 & 15 August 1917, 26 February 1918, 11 September 1918, 28 October 1918, 14 & 15 May 1919, 6 June 1919 (Papers Past) [13 March 2014]
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