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Archibald FORBES

Regimental number726
Place of birthYea, Victoria
AddressYea, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 3.5"
Weight147 lbs
Next of kinBrother, G O Forbes, Station Street, Yea, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for AIF enlistment on account of height.
Enlistment date14 May 1917
Place of enlistmentWangaratta, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 10, Reinforcement 12
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/15/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 30 October 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll21st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 25 January 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Nominal Roll incorrectly records date of return to Australia as 25 January 1917.
Discharge date15 April 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 30 October 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 27 December 1917, and marched into 6th Training Bn.

Transferred to 21st Bn Details, 31 December 1917.

Admitted to Hurdcott Hospital, 7 January 1918 (mumps); discharged to Training Depot, 28 January 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 1 april 1918; joined 21st Bn, in the field, 18 April 1918.

Admitted to 5th London Field Ambulance, 2 May 1918 (influenza), and transferred same day to 61st Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train, 3 May 1918, and admitted to 1st Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, 4 May 1918; to No 6 Convalescent Depot, 11 May 1918; to Australian Convalescent Depot, Havre, 20 June 1918 (dental treatment); rejoined Bn, in the field, 10 July 1918.

Wounded in action, 23 July 1918 (wounded, gas shell), and admitted to 4th Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 24 July 1918; discharged to Reinforcements Camp, 5 August 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 6 August 1918.

Admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, 7 September 1918 (pyrexia, unknown origin); transferred to 3rd Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 11 September 1918; to England, 12 September 1918, and admitted to Exeter War Hospital, 14 September 1918. Discharged on fourlough, 11 October 1918, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 25 October 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Ceramic', 25 January 1919; arrived Melbourne, 23 March 1919; discharged, 15 April 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FORBES Archibald

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