Obituary: Southland Times, 8 September 1920, Issue 18922, p.4.
MR THOMAS McFARLANE.
On August 16 last, Mr Thomas McFarlane, fourth son of Mr John McFarlane, Drummond, one of Southland's oldest settlers, succumbed to the effects of a severe gassing in France. He went to England with the troopship Aparima, thence to France, where he contracted a severe illness.
On recovery he entered the fighting line where he was gassed with results that ultimately proved fatal. Returning to New Zealand with the troopship Maunganui, he was about nine months at Palmerston North, and on returning home after about a month’s severe illness, to the great regret of his many friends, he never rallied.
Tom was highly esteemed and respected, and in fact liked by everyone, being a young man of unblemished reputation, good-natured, kind, and obliging, and possessing all those characteristics which win the approbation of friends and neighbours. It is worthy of note that Tom was in many essentially good characteristics typical of a large section of young men and women, the offspring of the early settlers in the Drummond and surrounding districts, who are proving themselves capable of upholding the reputation of those pioneers, who so worthily fulfilled all the requirements of successful settlement in their public and private capacity.
Their numbers are fast diminishing, but the very large cortege, comprising of many young people, following our friend to his resting place at Calcium not only showed their respect and esteem, but was indicative of an appreciation of true worth. His remains were carried from his residence to the hearse and from the hearse to the grave by six returned soldiers.
While it is satisfactory to acknowledge that those who have been fortunate enough to return are doing their part in the common duties of life, it is with a pang of deep regret, we have to bear the loss of those line young men who sleep in foreign soil, and who gave such rich promise of useful careers in doing their part in public and private life. AWMM