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Regimental number314
Place of birthLadhope Scotland
OccupationPolice constable
AddressPolice Barracks, Bourke Street, Redfern, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, James Forsyth, Merkland, Ecclefechan, Scotland
Enlistment date22 May 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll25 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 9, Reinforcement 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/14/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on 19 September 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll314B
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Machine Gun Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

For conspicuous bravery at Westhoek Ridge in organising a carrying party for the removal of a large dump of small arms ammunition from a shelled area forward to a place of safety.
Recommendation date: 26 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 8 April 1919

Military Medal

'At WESTHOEK RIDGE near YPRES on the 14th September 1917. During a very heavy enemy bombardment this N.C.O. organised a carrying party and personally supervised the removal of a large Dump of S.A.A. from a Shelled Area forward to a place of safety. By his quick action and coolness he set a stirling example to his comrades and saved much material from destruction.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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