Farquhar, Lieutenant Arthur Wallace Kemmis

No 1 Sqn AFC

Arthur Farquhar came from Ingham, Queensland, where he was born on 15 August 1894. He was educated at Sydney Grammar School and The King’s School, and was a Jackeroo and living in Merriwa, NSW, when he joined the 6th Light Horse as a Second Lieutenant on 13 August 1915 and left Sydney on HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 30 September. After arrival in Egypt he served as Divisional Water Officer before returning to his regiment in August 1916. He was in hospital with for a short period in November and was subsequently found guilty of changing the date of his discharge on official forms so as to cover a period of unauthorised leave – for which offence he lost a year’s seniority. He was seconded to the AFC in January 1918 and trained as an observer, after which he reported for duty with No 1 Sqn on 16 June, the day he was killed.

He was killed in action at Ramleh on 26 June 1918 when flying in Bristol F2B C4623 with Lt A W Murphy, who was unhurt. The crew of the Bristol engaged a German Albatros two-seater at 18000 feet and fought it down to 5000 feet at which point the observer in the Albatros (possibly Oblt Fritz Berthold of FA 304b) appeared to be wounded and the pilot made out that he was going to land at the AFC aerodrome at Ramleh. Lt Murphy then noticed that Farquhar was slumped dead in his cockpit and that his own gun was jammed. The Albatros escaped while Murphy was unable to fire on him.

Lt A W K Farquhar is buried in Grave AA 48 at Ramleh War Cemetery, Palestine.

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