Capt Carlyon Will Mason MacFarlane

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Seating
  • Timber Oak
Lettering: Incised
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Memorial to Captain Carlyon Will Mason MacFarlane, 7th (Queen's Own) Hussars and Imperial Camel Corps. Younger son of Lt Col David James Mason MacFarlane and Mary Blanche Mason MacFarlane (nee Anstie). Educated at Rugby School (1904-1908). Entered the Royal Military College, Sandhurst in Sep 1909 . He passed out first with honours and won the King’s Gold Medal as best Officer Cadet with the highest score and won six first prizes. Commissioned into the 7th Hussars in Oct 1910. Went to India with his Regiment. He passed out first from the School of Signalling at Poona, first out of Cavalry School at Saugar and took honours at the School of Musketry at Satara. He was promoted to Captain in Mar 1914, and it was while he was on sick leave that war broke out in Aug 1914. Carlyon immediately applied for a posting to the British Expeditionary Force and was attached to the 15th Hussars and later 2nd Dragoon Guards, until Oct 1914 when he was appointed Signals Officer for the 1st Cavalry Division. He played a major part in the battles of Messines and the 1st Battle of Ypres until he was invalided home in Sep 1915. In Jan 1916 he was sent out to Egypt and made Commandant of Signals for the Western Frontier Egyption Field Force. He was then selected to command a Company of the 18th Imperial Camel Corps on account of his initiative and resourcefulness. He carried out several daring reconnaissance raids in the Senussi District often alone and on foot armed only with a revolver. On his last patrol he had entered an unexplored oasis when a skirmish broke out. He was cut off from his patrol along with his Junior Officer by a number of Senussi tribesmen and killed aged 25 years. His body was recovered and buried at the base of a cliff where he fell. On 1 Oct 1916 he was mentioned in Despatches. He was later buried in grave H.85 of the Cairo War Cemetery, Cairo, El Qahira, Egypt. Also commemorated on a WW1 Memorial plaque in All Saints Church, Maidenhead, Berkshire and on a memorial at Saint Duthus Old Burial Ground, Tain, Highland, Scotland.
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C W Mason MacFarlane, Capt 7th (Queen's Own) Hussars and Imperial Camel Corps. Killed in action Egypt September 5th 1916 aged 25.

Carlyon Will Mason MacFarlane

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