LEST WE FORGET 

Lieutenant Arthur Wallace Kemmis FARQUHAR

Service No: Not Assigned
Born: Ingham QLD, 15 August 1894
Enlisted in the Army: 13 August 1915
Unit: No. 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
Died: Air Operations (No. 1 Squadron Bristol Fighter aircraft C4623), over Ramleh, 26 June 1918, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Ramleh War Cemetery, Palestine
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Walter Andros Farquhar and Florence Emily Farquhar, of Sydney, New South Wales.
Place of Association: Woollahra NSW
Remembered: Panel 188, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On June 26th, Lieutenants Murphy (1) and A. W. K. Farquhar engaged over Ramleh an Albatros two-seater which came in from the sea at nearly 18,000 feet, and the two machines fought an exciting combat. At 5,000 feet the Albatros, its observer being by then out of action, made as if to land on the Australian aerodrome, when Murphy noticed that Farquhar also had sunk into his cockpit. Murphy had a stoppage in his own gun, and by grace of this delay the enemy escaped. When the Bristol Fighter (2) landed, Farquhar was found to be dead from bullet wounds.

(1) Air Commodore Arthur William Murphy DFC AFC (14); No. 1 Squadron (afterward RAAF) Air Mechanic; of Melbourne; born Kew, Melbourne, 17 November 1891 Joined the RAAF: 1 August 1921, Discharged: 10 March 1946
(2) Bristol Fighter aircraft C4623

Extract from Cutlack, F.M. (Frederic Morley) The Australian Flying Corps in the Western and Eastern Theatres of War 1914-8, Angus and Robertson Ltd Sydney, 1941 – Page 128

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record B2455, FARQUHAR A W K
National Archives UK Casualty Card 270617, 90524

Bibliography:

Lax, M. (Mark) (editor) One Man’s War: Aircraft Mechanic Joe Bull’s Personal diaries 1916-9, Banner Books, Maryborough QLD 4650, 1997
Roberts, E.G.  (Eric Glendower) (250197) Box Kites and Beyond, The Hawthorn Press Melbourne VIC 3000, 1976
Sutherland, L. W. (Leslie) Aces and Kings, Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1935
Williams, Sir R. (Richard) (1) These are Facts: the Autobiography of Air Marshal Sir Richard Williams KBE, CB, DSO, Australian War Memorial and Australian Government Publishing Service, 1977 – Chapters 3-9

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