In 1915, he sailed with his battalion to the Middle East and participated in the landings at Suvla Bay on 22 August. Major Harcus was killed in action, aged 34, at Tel el Kebir, on 11 December 1915. He is buried at Walker's Ridge cemetery, Gallipoli. He was born in Orkney, Scotland in 1881 and was a fluent speaker of Gaelic. He emigrated to Australia in 1907 and qualified as a barrister in 1912. During this time, he also served as an officer in the reserves of the New South Wales Scottish Rifles.On outbreak of the First World War, Major Harcus volunteered for active service and was part of the Australian force which took control of German colonies in Papua New Guinea in September 1914.
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