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Archibald Alexander FORSYTH

Regimental number63828
Place of birthNeutral Bay, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation assistant
AddressNorthwood, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 6.75"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinFather, A.C. Forsyth, Maybrook, Narromine, New South Wales
Previous military serviceA.I.F. Signalling Corps (6 weeks; discharged for being underage)
Enlistment date2 March 1918
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll27 February 1918
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade, Reinforcement 35
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/128/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Orontes on 5 June 1918
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal RollArtillery Details
FateDied of disease 20 October 1918
Place of burialSutton Veny (St. John) Churchyard (Plot I, Row F, Grave No. 1), Wiltshire, England
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: England.

Embarked Sydney,5 June 1916; admitted to Ship's Hospital, 30 June 1918 (venereal disease); discharged, 9 July 1918; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 10 days; disembarked Liverpool, England, 11 August 1918.

Marched into Reserve Bde Australian Artillery, Hetesbury, 12 August 1918.

Admitted to Sutton Veny Military Hospital, 19 August 1918 (not yet diagnosed); discharged, 2 September 1918, and marched into Reserve Bde Australian Artillery, Hetesbury, the same day.

Admitted to Sutton Veny Military Hospital, 9 October 1918 (influenza, and pneumonia); seriously ill, 14 October 1918.

Died, Sutton Veny Military Hospital, 20 October 1918.

Buried, St John the Evangelist Churchyard, 24 October 1918.

Medal: British War Medal.

Report to relatives, 25 October 1918, stated: 'The deceased was buried with full military honours. [The coffin draped with the Australian flag was conveyed to the graveside on a Gun Carriage which was preceded by a Firing Party and Band from the Australian Artillery Reserve Brigade. Six of [the] deceased's comrades supported the Pall. The funeral was attended by 2 Officers and about N.C.O.s and Men of the Reserve Brigade Australian Artillery. Wreaths from Major and Mrs A.B. Stott [sister, of Westcliffe on Sea] and Mrs J. Kibby [friend, of London] were placed on the grave after the Last Post had been sounded. Headquarters AIF Depots in the United Kingdom were represented.' Chaplain C.P. Brown officiated.
SourcesNAA: B2455, FORSYTH Archibald Alexander

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