FARQUHARSON, Peere Williams Neesham

Farquharson, PWNSecond Lieutenant 26th Bn. Royal Fusiliers.

Born

October 1872.
Son of the late Robert Nesham Farquharson, Bengal Civil Service (Decd), and of Mrs Catherine Frances Farquharson of Victorria Terrace, Exeter.

Education

Blundell's School, from the age of 12 as a “Day Boy” in “Petergate”, October 1884 – Christmas 1890. He was known as “Carthorse”.

Career

He went to Ceylon as a planter in 1894 and remained there until 1911 when he moved to FMS to take charge of the Seremban rubber estates.

Service

After leaving school he served for three years in the London Scottish Regiment, between 1890 and 1893. At the beginning of 1916 he returned to England to join the army After serving three months in the Cadet Corps he joined the Royal Fusiliers as 5846 Private Farquharson, then obtained a commission with the Royal Fusiliers as a subaltern.

Trench Diaries

The 26th Service Battalion (Bankers) Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) were part of 124th Brigade, 41st Division. They arrived on the Somme at the end of August 1916 and travelled via Mericourt to Fricourt on the 7th September, to Becordel-Becourt on the 10th September, Montauban on the 14th Sept and from there to forward trenches north east of Delville Wood. They attacked Switch trench and Flers trench on 15th September causing many casualties. The Battalion were moved back to support lines on the 16th September, to Dernacourt on the 18th Sept, Pommiers Redoubt on the 2nd October, Thistle Dump on the 3rd October, Gird Lines near Gueudecourt on the 5th October from where they attacked on 7th but came under heavy machine gun fire during the assault on Bayonet trench. They made gains and held the land until relieved on the 9th October. 254 Men and officers were lost in the attack which was the final action this Battalion saw on the Somme.

Death

7th October 1916, aged 44.
He died during a rather desperate action on the 7th October 1916 near Gueudecourt, Somme. The casualties were so heavy that very few of the officers survived that particular fight.

Burial/Commemoration

VII C 4
AIF Burial Ground, Flers, Somme.
The cemetery is situated north of the village of Flers in the direction of Gueudecourt. It was begun by Australian Medical Units in November 1916, the original graves forming Plot 1, Rows A and B. It was very greatly enlarged after the Armistice when almost 4000 graves were brought in from the battlefields in the area.

Memorial

His headstone is at 50° 03’ 34.9” N 002° 49’ 51.3”E.
The family chose not to have a motto inscribed on the headstone.

Surviving Family

He left a widow, Mary E. Farquharson of 94, Cromwell Road., South Kensington, London, and one daughter.

Research

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - www.cwgc.org
“The Blundellian”, July 1916 p246
The National Archives, Public Record Office, Kew WO 339/56061 and Medal Rolls WO372/7
“The Register of Blundell's School, Part II 1882 – 1932” (1932) MAHOOD, A.S., Ed. Entry No. 3718
Cemeteries & Memorials in Belgium & Northern France (2004) Commonwealth War Graves Commission. 26/625
“British battalions on the Somme” WESTLAKE, R. (2004) Pen and Sword
Field visit (JEA & GRY 28/7/2006)

 

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