2347 John Charles McFARLANE

Date of enlistment 12th July 1915
Rank at enlistment Private
Company C Company
Significant events while serving with the AIF Hospitalised sick five times

distinguished_conduct_medal_-_george_v_v1Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal

Field General Court Martial; committed to prison

Promoted to Lance Corporal; reverted to ranks

Marriage at the end of the war

A prominent sportsman in the Battalion (Capt of the Battalion football team; boxing champion; swimming)

Summary of Private McFarlane’s WW1 service record, located in the National Archives of Australia. Full details are available online, NAA Series B2455

Date Location Event
12th February 1921 Australia Disembarked Melbourne
20th December 1920 England Returned to Australia on HT ‘Bahia Castillo’, with wife
21st July 1920 England Discharged from AIF in consequence of illegal absence
28th July 1919

26th June 1919



Schedule return to Australia – did not embark, illegal absentee

Marched out to Sutton Veny

25th April 1919 England Remainder of sentence remitted, marched in to Weymouth
25th February 1919 England Embarked for England and admitted to Lewes Detention Barracks, and then transferred to HM Prison Dorchester on 26th March
1st October 1918 France Discharged to Military Prison
1st August 1918 France To hospital sick – accidentally injured knee and ankle by falling from top of fence while attempting to escape from prison
17th July 1918 France Sentence commuted to 1 year PS and forfeiture of DCM is remitted
11th July 1918 France Committed to prison
24th June 1918 France Field General Court Martial: on 31st May 1918 neglecting to obey order; striking his superior officer; resisting his escort. Award 3 years Penal Servitude and forfeiture of DCM
28th May 1918 France To AIBD, Le Havre from hospital
30th April 1918 France To hospital sick, PUO (trench fever)
18th February 1918 Belgium Absent without leave for 2 days. Forfeiture of 6 days pay
6th February 1918 Belgium Revert to ranks on own request
14th October 1917 Belgium Appointed Lance-Corporal
9th October 1917 Belgium Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal
23rd June 1917 France Re-joined Battalion
8th June 1917 France To hospital sick
9th May 1917 France Taken on Strength into 22nd Battalion from 2nd ABDB
19th April 1917 England Proceeded overseas to France via Folkestone from 6th Training Brigade
7th April 1917 England Crime: Conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline. Award 12 days detention
26th February 1917 England Absent without leave for 12 days at Larkhill camp. Award 28 days detention plus forfeiture of 44 days pay
9th January 1917 England Absent without leave at Larkhill camp. Award 7 days cc and forfeiture of 6 days pay
22nd July 1916 Egypt Marched into 2nd Divisional Details, Tel-el-Kabir
21st July 1916 Egypt Discharged to Tel-el-Kabir Convalescent Depot
17th July 1916

19th July 1916



Reported still in hospital (date of admission unknown)

Absent without leave for four days while on active service. Award 4 days FP#2 and forfeiture of 4 days pay

10th January 1916 Egypt Discharged to base duties
5th January 1916 Egypt Admitted to 2nd Auxiliary Hospital sick – diarrhoea
23rd December 1915 Egypt Discharged to base duties
15th December 1915 Egypt Admitted to 1st Auxiliary Hospital Abbassia sick – dysentery, mild
25th October 1915 Egypt Disembarked Alexandria
29th September 1915 Australia Departed Melbourne on RMS Osterley
3rd August 1915 Australia Assigned to 5th Reinforcements 22nd Battalion
19th July 1915 Australia Marched into Broadmeadows depot


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