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George FORREST

Regimental number66
Place of birthStuartstown, Co. Tyrone, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressWest Maitland, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation45
Next of kinBrother, John Forrest, Stuartstown, County Tyrone, Ireland
Previous military serviceServed for 19 years in A Battery, New South Wales; also saw active service in South Africa.
Enlistment date19 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll19 January 1916
Place of enlistmentNewcastle, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name34th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/51/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 2 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll34th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 07-11 June 1917
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 23), Belgium

The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.

The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.

The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.

Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
123
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked from Sydney, 2 May 1916; disembarked Plymouth, 23 June 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 21 November 1916.

Admitted to 11th Field Ambulance, 10 March 1917 (diarrhoea); rejoined unit, 28 March 1917.

Missing in action, 7-11 June 1917; Court of Inquiry, 20 November 1917, confirmed fate as killed in action, 7-11 June 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FORREST George

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