BOER WAR HERO – Captain Macfarlane from South Australia
“Captain Macfarlane, D.S.O., of the Transvaal Mounted Rifles, whose name was reported in Tuesday’s papers as among the killed at the engagement with the Zulus at Mome Mountain, was well known to Renmark men who served in the Boer war. A native of Angaston, and eldest son of Mr.D.Macfarlane, now of Adelaide, who is one of the Directors of the New Era fruitgrowing company on the Murray, near Morgan, he was one of the most gallant of the Australians who distinguished themselves in the late war in south Africa.He was a member of the first Westralian contingent and went out again as a lieutenant in, we believe, the 5th South Australian contingent.He was universally esteemed for many manly and soldierly qualities, and was regarded by Brigadier de Lisle as one of the smartest men on his staff.Not only by his bereaved parents and immediate relatives, but by all who knew him, his loss will be deplored and mourned.”
Does anyone relate to this family of Macfarlanes referred to in the foregoing press cutting about the Boer War (1889-1902)?
The New Era Fruitgrowing Company at Morgan, SA flourished from about 1900 to 1926.And we would be most interested to find some data concerning Macfarlanes in that region.Captain Macfarlane was by all accounts a real war hero and his story would make good reading.
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