MacFARLANE, Hugh Miller
(Service number 55518)

First Rank Lance Corporal Last Rank


Date 28 November 1885 Place of Birth North Canterbury

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Hawkewood, Parnassus
Occupation Sheep farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married. One child
Next of Kin Mrs H. M. MacFARLANE (wife), care of E. D. Giles, Otiritiri, Tycho Mail, Timaru; Waikora, Private Bag, Waimate
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 31st Reinforcements, Mounted Rifles Brigade
Date 13 November 1917
Transport Tofua
Embarked From Destination Suez, Egypt
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Post-war Occupations



Date 12 July 1963 Age 77 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery Cremated; ashes interred Linwood Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Block Ashes, Plot 354
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Hugh Miller Macfarlane was born on 28 November 1885 in North Canterbury, the son of john Donald and Margaret Hart (née Gibson) Macfarlane. He married Prudence Giles on 8 May 1917 at St Mary’s Church, Timaru. Their daughter, Emma Prudence, was born on 22 April 1918 at Timaru, six months after Hugh, a sheep farmer at Parnassus, had embarked for the Front.

Private H. H. Macfarlane returned home in Draft 210, which brought seventy invalided soldiers for Canterbury and the West Coast, due to reach New Zealand in late January 1919. After the war Hugh returned to sheep farming, living in different parts of South Canterbury, including “Waikora”, Waihaorunga, and “Ruataniwha”, Lake Tekapo. His brother, Walter Angus Macfarlane, also served in World War I.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [11 September 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [11 September 2020]; Linwood Cemetery, Christchurch, burial record (Christchurch City Council) [12 September 2020]; NZ Electoral Rolls ( [12 September 2020]; Timaru Herald, 25 January 1919 (Papers Past) [08 September 2020]

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