The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Lance Corporal J M McFarlane


Tonbridge History

Lance Corporal John Murray MCFARLANE,  G/29, 6th Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, death presumed, 8th October 1915,  age 20.

Born Greenwich, London, son of John Robert and Ada Grace McFarlane, of Tonbridge, Kent.

1911 Census - Elmcroft, The Drive, Tonbriddge, Kent - John McFarlane, head, age 41, married, headmaster school, Kent County Council, born Woolwich, Kent; Ada Grace McFarlane, wife, age 41, married 17 years, 1 child, still alive, assistant mistress, Kent County Council, born Greenwich, Kent; J Murray McFarlane, son, age 15, single, school, born Greenwich, Kent.

Enlisted Tonbridge, Kent.

1st June 1915, posted BEF.

Commemorated at Loos Memorial, Panel 95 to 97, France & on Tonbridge War Memorial.

Tonbridge War Memorial - The original World War I memorial at the Junction of Pembury Road and Quarry Hill. The names were later re-inscribed in the new Memorial Garden in Bradford Street. 

From Tonbridge History - John Murray Mcfarlane was born in Greenwich in 1895, son of John and Ada recorded as living at ‘Elmcroft’, The Drive in 1911 (father being head of Sussex Road school). At time of death parents had moved to 81 Quarry Hill. He attended Judd School before becoming an apprentice to Messrs Fielding & Platt Ltd. engineers. He joined the Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment 6th Battalion as Private G/29. He was a bomb thrower and was involved in an attack made in a German trench; he was never seen again after going over the parapet. He was missing presumed dead 8th October 1915 and he is remembered on Loos Memorial.

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