William Cameron Macfarlane

RankDriver 176260
MedalsBritish War Medal, Victory Medal
RegimentRoyal Field Artillery, ‘A’ Battery, 103rd Brigade
Military Service

103rd Brigade RFA was part of the 23rd Division and took part in the Battle of Passchendaele (Third Ypres) in July and August 1917.  Nothing is known about Cameron’s military service but, as he did not hold the 1914-15 Star, it can be presumed that he did not go to the front until 1916 at the earliest.


c1880, Glasgow

Death21st August 1917
Circumstances of Death

On the 20/21st August 102nd and 103rd Brigades were involved in relieving artillery brigades belonging to 48th Division and Cameron seems to have been killed during this time.  Although the War Diary of the divisional artillery records postings to and from the division there is no record of casualties suffered so nothing further is known about Cameron’s death. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial so his body was either not recovered or not identified.

MemorialTyne Cot Memorial, Panel 4 to 6 and 162.
CWGC Information

Son of Margaret MacFarlane, of 129, North John St., Glasgow, and the late Archibald Stirling MacFarlane.


Archibald S MacFarlane (c1837-1915) & Margaret Thomson (c1847-1930)

Father's Occupation



Catherine M (c1873-1947), Jeanie F (c1874-1955), Margaret T (c1876-1917), Peter A (c1879-1956)




Not known


Commercial clerk

1881 Census

13 Holmhead Street, Glasgow

1891 Census

Holmhead Street, Glasgow

1901 Census

13 Holmhead Street, Glasgow

1911 Census

Not known

Home Address

Not known

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Quartus Lair 271
Other Memorials

Scottish National War Memorial

Other Information


Acknowledgements and Sources

Much of the information on which this profile is based is drawn from various internet sources which are listed below.  The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis also wish to make full acknowledgement and thanks for the permitted use of any information or images generously supplied specifically for exhibition, publication or display in connection with The Roll of Honour and accompanying profiles to Ancestry, and Find my past.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Family Search

Scotlands People

The Long, Long Trail

The Scottish War Memorials Project

103rd Brigade, Royal field Artillery, 23rd Division War Diary Sep 1916-Oct 1917. (TNA WO 95/2171/1-4)



Compiled by Morag Fyfe, Historical and Genealogical Researcher for The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis.

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