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James Albert McFarlane was born in Glasgow on the 30th of January, 1896, one of six children of Marie McFarlane and Archibald McFarlane, a foundry and domestic machine maker. James attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1912 to 1914 as a full-time student in Drawing and Painting. During the First World War, he served in the 12th battalion of the Highland Light Infantry as Second Lieutenant. He was killed in action on the 16th of September near Contalmaison, and is buried in the Flatiron Copse cemetery in Mametz, France. James Albert McFarlane is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.
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