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Archie Henry McLean FORBES

Regimental number880
Date of birth--/10/1893
Place of birthMuswellbrook New South Wales
AddressBrook Street, Wallsend, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Annie F Forbes, Brook Street, Wallsend, New South Wales
Enlistment date10 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name30th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF30
Promotion date: 20 December 1917


Unit: INF30
Promotion date: 28 April 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 21 September 1916

Mention in Despatches

Recommendation date: 25 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 15 July 1919

Military Medal

'On the night of 16th September, 1916, during a raid on the enemy trenches by a party of the 30th Battalion, 8th Infantry Brigade, Corporal FORBES, who was one of a Bombing party, entered the German trenches in the face of heavy grenade fire. He drove the enemy bombers back, killing at least two of them, and succeeded in taking one prisoner. Corporal FORBES, although wounded in three places, would not leave his post until ordered to do so.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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