Major William Gordon Farquhar

Service Number 2
Birth Date 09 May 1889
Birth Place Australia: Queensland, Bundaberg
Death Date 09 May 1974
Also known as William Gordon Farquhar
Final Rank
Units
Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 18 April 1918 on page 842 at position 157
London Gazette 28 December 1917 on page 13565 at position 45

William Gordon Farquhar was born in Woongarra, Bundaberg, Queensland in 1889 to William Gordon and Margaret Wallace Farquhar. Prior to enlisting, he spent six years as a senior cadet and worked as a surveyor. Farquhar enlisted in Brisbane, Queensland on 18 August 1914 as a Sapper and was assigned to the 3rd Field Company Engineers where he was soon promoted to lance corporal. He embarked for Egypt on 22 September 1914 aboard HMAT Geelong. After training in Egypt, Farquhar served at Gallipoli with 3rd Field Company Engineers. He was promoted to sergeant on 15 May 1915. He was transferred in July 1915 to the 8th Field Company Engineers (at that time 5th Field Company Engineers) in Egypt. Farquhar was commissioned as a second Lieutenant on 26 July 1915. Farquhar retuned to Gallipoli on 12 September, leading No. 3 Section at Quinn's Post, until the evacuation in December. Farquhar was promoted to lieutenant during this time. Between January and June 1916, the 8th Field Company Engineers trained in Egypt where Farquhar was promoted to captain on 14 March. The unit embarked for France in June 1916. Farquhar was promoted to major on 21 March 1917 and took command of the 8th Field Company Engineers from 23 March 1917. He was twice Mentioned in Despatches (December 1917 and December 1918) and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order on 1 January 1918 for his actions on the Somme and at Lagnicourt. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre (Belgian) on 5 April 1919 "for continued gallant and devoted services under fire". Farquhar returned to Australia in February 1919 aboard HMAT Berrima.

Collection items

Rolls

  • First World War Embarkation Roll

    Rank
    Lance Corporal
    Place of Embarkation
    Melbourne
    Embarkation Ship
    HMAT Geelong A2
    Date of Embarkation
    22 September 1914
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918

Honours & Awards

  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Distinguished Service Order
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    8th Field Company, Australian Engineers
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Major
    London Gazette
    1 January 1918 on page 28 at position 16
    Commonwealth Gazette
    18 April 1918 on page 846 at position 53
  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Belgian Croix de Guerre
    Classification
    Belgian awards and medals
    Unit
    8th Field Company, Australian Engineers
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Major
    London Gazette
    5 April 1919 on page 4525 at position 18
    Commonwealth Gazette
    23 July 1919 on page 1169 at position 21
  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Mention in despatches
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    8th Field Company, Australian Engineers
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Major
    London Gazette
    31 December 1918 on page 15226 at position 59
    Commonwealth Gazette
    23 May 1919 on page 879 at position 18
  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Mention in despatches
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    8th Field Company, Australian Engineers
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Major
    London Gazette
    28 December 1917 on page 13565 at position 45
    Commonwealth Gazette
    18 April 1918 on page 842 at position 157
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Mention in despatches
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    25 September 1918
    Unit
    8th Field Company, Australian Engineers
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Major
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Belgian Croix de Guerre
    Classification
    Belgian awards and medals
    Date of Recommendation
    11 October 1918
    Unit
    8th Field Company, Australian Engineers
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Major
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Mention in despatches
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    24 September 1918
    Unit
    8th Field Company, Australian Engineers
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Major
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Distinguished Service Order
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    02 January 1917
    Unit
    5th Field Company, Australian Engineers
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Major

Timeline

Date of birth 1889
Date of embarkation 22 September 1914
Date of recommendation honour or award 02 January 1917
Date of recommendation honour or award 24 September 1918
Date of recommendation honour or award 25 September 1918
Date of recommendation honour or award 11 October 1918
Date of death 1974

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