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David Stewart McFarlane

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    David Stewart AWMM
  • Surname
    McFarlane AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 11/79 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1 March 1891 Noel Smith and Lyn Griffiths research
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    44 Sussex Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    J.L. McFarlane, 44 Sussex Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 11/79 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of Elizabeth McFarlane, of 29, Valley Rd., Mount Eden, Auckland, and the late James Leash McFarlane. Native of Petone, Wellington AWMM
    • In the hours before his death, McFarlane(24) carried injured 17 year old Trooper Robert James MacDonell, down to ANZAC Cove from a 10 hour fight on Chunak Bair. He returned to his post and was killed.

      "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

      John 15:13 in all English translations

      We, the family of Trooper Robert James MacDonell, are eternally grateful for this sacrifice. Public - Gael - Direct descendant - 27 May 2016 - family info
    • The following is an excerpt from a letter a letter written by Trooper Harry Browne from his hospital bed in Hornchurch to his family in New Zealand. Harry was one of the very few who survived the bloody heights of Chunuk Bair.
      In the letter he mentions the death of Stewart McFarlane twice
      "Meanwhile young Duky McDonnell, our bombing boy, had been wounded and in carrying him out [to safety] our splendid Sergeant Stuart McFarlane was killed. "
      "However, while I was away our troop Sergt. Stu McFarlane was killed. Our bombing boy Duky McDonnell had been wounded by a bomb. He was the youngest of us all and big Mac always kept a special eye on him. From what I was told, he was carrying him to a safer spot, when another bomb landed and big Mac went out in three minutes."
      The letter can be found online

      The events Trooper Browne relates were reflected by my father, who was a nephew of Stewart McFarlane's. My father said he had been shot in the back carrying a young guy off the battlefield. Public - Rosalie - Other relative - 25 April 2017 - website copy of a letter by Trooper Harry Browne at
    • 'Killed At The Dardanelles'
      The Wellington Branch desires to place on record its deepest sympathy with the relatives of the late D. S. McFarlane, killed in action at the Dardanelles. His old comrades mourn the loss of one whose life was clean, his actions and dealings above reproaches, and a staunch comrade in every sense of the word. Railway review, 24 September 1915, p 425 Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 4 September 2017 - Railway Workers Obituaries : New Zealand History :
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About death

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  • Death
    9 August 1915 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    GallipoliTurkey AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Chunuk Bair (New Zealand) Memorial, Chunuk Bair Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey AWMM
    • Railways Roll of Honour board. Wellington Railway Station, Pipitea, Wellington 6011. AWMM
    • Remuera Primary School World War One Gates 1914-1918, 25 Dromorne Road, Remuera Auckland 1050 AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
25 July 2021Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
04 September 2017JeniferWairarapaResearcher
25 April 2017RosalieAuckland New ZealandOther relative
27 May 2016GaelHamiltonOther relative

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