The Farquharson brothers of Kiama.

Private Frank Farquharson of the 33rd Battalion, was a draper from Kiama. Prior to enlistment, Pte Farquharson embarked with the 14th Reinforcements, 30th Battalion from

Private (Pte) Frank Farquharson

Private (Pte) Frank Farquharson

Sydney on HMAT Marathon on 10 May 1917. Later transferring to the 33rd Battalion, on 31 August 1918 he died of wounds which he received in action, aged 19, and was buried in the Daours Communal cemetery Extension, France.

Daours Communal Cemetery Extension.

Daours Communal Cemetery Extension. Grave reference: VIII. B. 53. Courtesy Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Australian Red Cross report into Private Frank Farquharson.

Frank’s brother, Sergeant Walter Farquharson, of the 19th Battalion, was a Post Office official from Kiama. Prior to enlistment, Sgt Farquharson embarked with the rank of Corporal (Cpl) with the 2nd Reinforcements from Sydney on HMAT Kanowna on 19 June 1915.

Sergeant  Walter Farquharson

Sergeant Walter Farquharson

Later promoted to Sergeant, he was initially reported as missing in action but a later Court of Enquiry determined that he had been killed in action on 3 May 1917. He is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.

(Taken from Australian War Memorial).

Villers-Bretonneux Memorial. Courtesy Commonwealth War Graves Commision.

Villers-Bretonneux Memorial. Courtesy Commonwealth War Graves Commision.

Sydney Morning Herald. 3 May 1919.

Sydney Morning Herald. 3 May 1919.

Australian Red Cross report into Sergeant Walter Farquharson.