Warrant Officer Class 2 J. McFarland was wounded during the attack on Inniskilling Hill, so-called owing to the Regiment's gallantry, on 23.2.1900.
'The Inniskilling Fusiliers were the front line, supported by the Connaught Rangers and part of the Dublins, and later by the Imperial Light Infantry, who had taken the place of the Border Regiment in the brigade; but soon the lines were all to be mixed - nay, some were soon to be obliterated all together. The first tier of the defensive works was carried in the face of an awful fire from the front and flanks. An attempt, unsurpassable in its devoted gallantry, was made to press in with the bayonet to the next line of trenches on the crest, but this failed. The attackers were mown down like grass, and as darkness set in those left had to retire to a position near the hill-foot. It was impossible to bring in all the dead and wounded, and throughout the next day wretched men had to lie in the open writhing with pain and thirst, and mercilessly fired on if they made any attempt to wriggle down the hill ... The losses in the attack were appalling. The Inniskilling Fusiliers lost the gallant Colonel Thackeray, Major Sanders, and Lieutenant Stuart killed, eight officers wounded, and about 54 men killed and 165 wounded' (Stirling refers).