McFarlan, John Boyd
Regiment: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Biography: Son of Donald McFarlan, master blacksmith ; born Gourock, 16 March 1890 ; educated Gourock Central School and Greenock Academy, where he obtained an excellent record ; student in Arts, 1908-12 ; M. A., 1912, with honours in Classics, having taken concurrently the full course for teachers at the Training Centre. He was appointed to the staff of Cartsburn school, Greenock, in 1913, where he taught until he enlisted. Owing to family reasons, and having three brothers already in the Army, McFarlan did not join up till 1917. He served for seven months at home and was then sent to Salonika. A little more than a year later he was killed on the Bulgarian front, 19 September 1918. It was reported that his Company was cut off from the rear, and that he and two others went back to establish communications - all being killed.
Date of Death: 19 September 1918
Burial Details: Buried at Doiran Military Cemetery, Plot 3, Row D, Grave 30.
Publication: Roll of Service, edited by Mabel Desborough Allardyce. Published 1921.
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