Other Interesting Medals
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LACHLAN MACFARLANE
Lachlan MacFarlane was born 2 Sept 1898 in Balemartine, Isle of Tyree, Argyllshire, Scotland.   He was an Apprentice Architect when he
signed on in the RNVR in Oct 1916.
He transferred to the Royal Navy on 6 Jan 1917.  Unfortunately he had a very short career as he died in the Naval Hospital at Plymouth
on 13 March ’17 of Measles & Broncho Pneumonia. He was 18 years & 7 months of age.






















I acquired his British War medal & memorial plaque for a few reasons:

My wife’s family was from the Island of Tyree, emigrating to Canada in 1848.
We had visited & spent a few days on the Isle of Tyree in 2001. Its not a big island & when it’s a nice day its beautiful, however, no
trees & a hell of a lot of rock & sheep. & I liked the original photos of him, the memorial card & his original gravestone,
& finally the fact that he was so young & had only just began his life. These seemed to make a simple single war medal come to life again.

Below are shown original photos of Lachlan's memorial card, & gravemarker in Tyree.

















































The inscription on this stone reads:

In loving memory of  LACHLAN McFARLANE,
aged 18,  
Died at Naval Hospital, Plymouth
13th March, 1917. Beloved son of
Donald & Christina McFarlane,
Tiree, Argyllshire
“(rest) in thy gracious keeping, leave
(him) now our darling sleeping”



Also shown is his gravestone in Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth, where he is buried with two other naval ratings who died at the Naval
Hospital around the same time.





































On the reverse of the original frame was some information
written by a nephew (W.G.G.) on 12 Jan 1989. Apparently
this nephew & friends were searching in Plymouth during
June 1987 for Lachlan’s gravestone,
presumably unsuccessfully.












REST IN PEACE LACHLAN, YOU HAVE NOT BEEN FORGOTTEN


“Cha till e tuille”  {Gaidhlig = Scottish Gaelic}
Nor more is he returning
Or: He will no more return        
ORDINARY SEAMAN LACHLAN MACFARLANE, R.N.