He was posted to The Chinese Regiment of Infantry in December1901. Upon his return from China he was posted for duty in the Somaliland campaign of 1903-1904. He served on the General Staff , War Office from 1908 to 1913 and attained the rank of Major in 1910 and to Lieutenant-Colonel in 1913.
In October 1913 Lieutenant-Colonel Farquhar was appointed Military Secretary to the Duke of Connaught, The Governor-General of Canada. In August 1914 a new regiment was born in Ottawa, the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. Lieutenant-Colonel Farquhar was selected to command the new unit. The PPCLI arrived in France at the close of 1914. On 20 March 1915 Lieutenant-Colonel Farquhar was killed in action near St. Eloi. He is interred at Voormezeele, enclosure #3.
Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Douglas Farquhar’s service record, PPCLI.
Canada in Flanders by Sir Max Aitken
The Coldstream Guards, 1885-1914 by Colonel Sir John Hall, Bart., C.B.E.