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Regimental number842
Place of birthRafford, Morayshire
SchoolAlvis and Rafford Local Schools, Morayshire
Age on arrival in Australia24
ReligionChurch of England
AddressReception House, Rockhampton, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 11"
Weight145 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Jane Forsyth, 23 East Back Street, Bishop Mill Elgin, Scotland
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the Seaforth Highlanders
Enlistment date24 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll19 August 1914
Place of enlistmentRockhampton, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, G Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board Transport A5 Omrah on 24 September 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 25 July 1915
Place of death or woundingDied and buried at sea.
Date of death25 July 1915
Age at death29
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 31), 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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John K. and Jane FORSYTH, 23 East Back Street, Bishop Mill, Elgin, Scotland
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Brisbane, 24 September 1914.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 2 March 1915.

Appointed lance corporal, Gallipoli, 28 May 1915.

Wounded in action, Gallipoli, 8 July 1915 (gun shot wound, head, 'dangerously ill'); died of wounds, Hospital Ship "Asturias" between Gibraltar and England, 25 July 1915; buried at sea, 26 June 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FORSYTH James

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