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Fergus FORBES

Regimental number2088
Place of birthGuildford, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationRailway porter
AddressBrooklands, Rydalmere, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 10"
Weight151 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Eva Marion Forbes, c/o Mrs Davis, Brooklands, Rydalmere, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 January 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 8 August 1915
Date of death8 August 1915
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 14), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
29
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William Stanley and Eva Marian FORBES. Native of Guildford, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Sydney, 25 June 1915.

Taken on strength, 1st Bn, Gallipoli, 5 August 1915.

Reported wounded and missing in action, 8 August 1915.

Court of Inquiry held in the field, 5 June 1916, pronounced fate as 'killed in action, Gallipoli, 8 August 1915'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FORBES Fergus

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