Alexander Farquharson

Aug 29, 1890

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland to William and Minnie Farquharson


Jun 5, 1916

Attested into the 204th Battalion CEF in Toronto, Ontario 

Ø      Number 237949

Ø      Next of kin given as Minnie Farquharson, mother, 206 Dalry Rd., Edinburgh, Scotland

Ø      Previous occupation given as Carpenter

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian 

The battalion trained on the Exhibition Grounds in Toronto


Mar 26, 1917

Embarked the SS Saxonia in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Apr 7, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Otterpool, before moving on to the East Sandling Camp, where the entire battalion was absorbed into the 2nd Reserve Battalion to continue training


Jun 4, 1917

Transferred to the 164th Battalion in Witley to continue training


Jul 3, 1917

Transferred to the 156th Battalion in Witley to continue training


Feb 28, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Mar 1, 1918

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 313 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Mar 3, 1918

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart


Mar 15, 1918

Left the CC Rein C and joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Gouy-Servins, north of Arras, France, as part of a draft of 105 reinforcements


Jun 5, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Aug 28, 1918

During the battalion’s advance on the Oliver Trench, near the Sensee River, Private Farquharson was killed by enemy shell fire, and later buried in the Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery, between Arras and Cambrai, France.  He was buried in the same grave as that of a 20th Battalion man who was killed the same day.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Minnie Farquharson, 206 Dalry Rd., Edinburgh, Scotland 

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Mr. William Farquharson, at the same address


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