Private John McFarlane, Fife and Forfar Yeomanry, later redesignated 14th Battalion, The Black Watch, born in 1896 at Dunfermline, Fife, was the second son of Mathew McFarlane, a Coal Miner, and Elizabeth McFarlane, of Castleblair, Dunfermline. He enlisted in 1914 and saw action at Gallipoli and in France in the mounted yeomanry, and as infantry in France after the redesignation. He survived the war unscathed only to be badly burned in the explosion at the Valleyfield Colliery, Fife, in the 1930s.


Private Mathew McFarlane, 1/7th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, later Machine Gun Corps, born in 1897 at Dunfermline, Fife, was the third son of Mathew and Elizabeth McFarlane. He enlisted aged only 17 in 1914 and saw action in France and Flanders. Transferred in 1916 to the Machine Gun Corps, he was wounded three times and carried a German bullet in his leg until he died in 1958 aged 62.


Private Alexander Bell McFarlane, 22nd Battalion, Durham Light Infantry, born in 1899 at Dunfermline, Fife, was the fourth son of Mathew and Elizabeth McFarlane. He died on 26 March 1918, age 19, and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France.

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