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George Archibald FORBES

Regimental number1572
Date of birth20 February 1900
Place of birthEdinburgh, Scotland
OccupationFarm hand
AddressYork Road, Waverley, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 10.5"
Weight158 lbs
Next of kinFather, Robert Forbes,York Road, Waverley, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed in Area 89A, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date17 August 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Light Horse Regiment, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/15/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT RMS Mongolia on 22 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Division Ammunition Column
FateReturned to Australia 1 May 1919
Discharge date24 July 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Transferred to 4th Division Ammunition Column, 4 April 1916, and taken on strength, 7 April 1916, mustered as Gunner, and posted to No 1 Section.

Appointed Driver, 1 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 6 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 13 June 1916.

Admitted to 7th Australian Field Ambulance, 15 September 1917 (accidental injury to right ankle), and transferred to Casualty Clearing Station; to 3rd Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, 21 September 1917; to England, 21 September 1917, and admitted to County of Middlesex War Hospital, Napsbury, 22 September 1917; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 6 October 1917; discharged on furlough, 13 October 1917, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 27 October 1917.

Marched in to No 4 Command Depot, Codford, 3 November 1917.

Marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 21 December 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 16 January 1918; rejoined unit, in the field, 22 January 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 30 October 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 18 November 1918.

Marched out to England, 13 March 1919, for return to Australia.

Commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board HT 'China', 1 May 1919; disembarked Fremantle, 2 June 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Perth, 24 July 1919.

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

Also served in World War II: enlisted 11 September 1940; discharged, 5 November 19140, as W4829 Gunner, 5th Anti-Aircraft Battery.
SourcesNAA: B2455, FORBES George Archibald

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