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Laurence Herbert McFarlane

Gisborne Roll of Honour, World War II. Harrison to R. Ngatoro. Image kindly provided by John Halpin, CC BY John Halpin 2009.

Gisborne Roll of Honour, World War II. Harrison to R. Ngatoro. Image kindly provided by John Halpin, …


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    Laurence Herbert AWMM
  • Surname
    McFarlane AWMM
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  • Also known as
    Lawrence AWMM
  • Service number
    NZ39545 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Birth
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Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Europe (Air) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    NZ39545 AWMM
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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed on air operations AWMM

Biographical information

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  • Son of Herbert Osbourne McFarlane and Fanny Cathcart McFarlane, Napier, Hawke's Bay; formerly of Dunedin.

    Four sons were killed in WW2 John Osbourne McFarlane NZ402881; Francis Maurice McFarlane NZ391840; Donald Forrester McFarlane 2475; and Laurence Herbert McFarlane NZ39545 AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    1 July 1940 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    GermanyEurope AWMM
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  • Cemetery
    Kiel War Cemetery, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany AWMM 3. A. 9. AWMM
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    KILLED IN ACTION : FLYING-OFFICER L. H. McFARLANE A cablegram from Air Ministry advises that news has been received through the International Red Cross, of the death on July 2, as a result of enemy action, of Flying-officer Laurence Herbert McFarlane, formerly of Dunedin.
    Flying-offlcer McFarlane, who was reported as missing some weeks ago, was the eldest son of Mr and Mrs.H. O. McFarlane, of Gatesheath, English avenue, Mornington, and would have been 26 years of age yesterday. He was educated at the Otago Boys' High School, and received his flying instruction in 1935 as a member of the Otago Aero Club. He left for England the following year to join the Royal Air Force. A brother, Leading-aircraftman F. M. McFarlane, was a victim of the fatal air crash at Akaroa on June 15; Donald, another brother, is a Sergeant in the first echelon, and the youngest brother, John, expects to be called up for service with the Royal New Zealand Air Force at the end of. this month Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 25 May 2023 - OTAGO DAILY TIMES, ISSUE 24373, 10 AUGUST 1940, PAGE 10
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  • Memorial name
    Gisborne First World War Memorial, The Esplanade, Kaiti, Gisborne AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • Chorley, W. (1992). Royal Air Force Bomber Command losses of the Second World War: Aircraft and crews lost during 1939-1940 (Vol. 1). Leicester, England: Midland Counties Publications. AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM


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25 May 2023Lorraine MonaGisborneResearcher

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