6 july 1917
When the South African War broke out he enlisted, serving throughout the greater part of teh campaign.
Received the Queen's and King's Medal
Was present at the Swaziland campaign , received the Swaziland Medal
He was in Australia when the War broke out.
He enlisted in the 5th Australian Horse.
Proceeded to Egypt with his contingent and served with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force in the Dardanelles.
Received a commission as Second Lieutenant to the 1st Bn. Sherwood Foresters.
He received his commission on the field for good services performed during the operations on our right flank on 8 june 1915, which prevented the enemy reinforcing the Krithia position from troops opposite our Front.
Was wounded four times during the operations there, twice seriously, and was invalided home in november 1915.
On recovery proceeded to France was again wounded and invalided home.
Rejoined his regiment in France , taking part in several big engagements.
Killed in action at Ypres while leading his men as Acting Captain.
Captain Moore R.F. wrote:
'I have always held great respect for Lt. Urquhart, as he has seen a great deal of service , bot only in this war, but others.
I cannot speak too highly of his great bravery, as I cannot say more than the decorations say for themselves.
During the last few weeks he has been in command of my company during my absence, and has very much impressed the men by his cheerful disposition and courage.
It was evident to me that the whole of my company miss him greatly, although he had not been in this company for long.'
and Second Lieutenant Milward A. :
'Poor old Billy was a splendid type of soldier...the best of pals...
I am sure he gave up that which is dearest to us all - his life, willingly for the cause of right."
He was awarded the DCM , stating :
'Carried messages in the firing line under heavy shell fire,also tended wounded men.'
He was a keen footballer and played for Brunstame under the name of 'Togo';captained the Edinburgh team and led them tio victory in all the matches they played.
Was one of the best backs in the Edinburgh and District Rugby League.
George Watson's College