Herbert was born at Bacchus Marsh, VIC in 1876 to William Henry McFarlane(1) and Margaret Wilson.
Herbert was a motor mechanic and proprietor of a motor garage(3) at Geelong, VIC when he enlisted there in the AIF, 7th Reinforcements, 8th Australian Army Services Corps (AASC), 17th Divisional Ammunition Park, 301 Company (Mechancial Transport) on the 9th of July 1915, aged 38. He embarked from Sydney aboard the HMAT A21 Marere in August, disembarking some time later in Egypt.
After joining his unit he was promoted to Corporal in October 1915. In April 1916 he was detached for duty with the Australian Comforts Fund(2) before being promoted to Lance Sergeant in May and embarking for France. Herbert was attached for duty with the 2nd Division in August and then to the 2nd Divisional Train as a Driver a month later and in October to the 21st Company, Australian Army Services Corps. Herbert proceeded to England for attachment with the Australian Comforts Fund in February 1917 and then in July was attached to Administration, Headquarters, London. In November he spent a couple of days in hospital, suffering from rheumatism, a complaint he had for the last eight years - although had been fairly free of it - but was lately getting worse. In February 1918 he was admitted to No. 2 Convalescent Depot, Weymouth before embarking from England aboard the HT Marathon in April, returning to Australia in June and was discharged from the AIF in July.
Herbert McFarlane died in Geelong, VIC in 1939, aged 62.
He is listed on the Shire of Bacchus Marsh Roll of Honour, the Bacchus Marsh & District Roll of Honour and the Roll of Honour of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Bacchus Marsh.
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