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Regimental number998
Place of birthFairburn, Ross Shire, Scotland
SchoolMarybank Public School, Urray, Ross Shire, Scotland
Age on arrival in Australia20
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 8.25"
Weight158 lbs
Next of kinFather, R Forbes, Fairburn, Muirsford, Scotland
Enlistment date4 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll6 October 1915
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, G Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board Transport A7 Medic on 2 November 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 25 April 1915
Place of death or woundingnear Gaba Tepe, Gallipoli, Turkey
Date of death25 April 1915
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 35), 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
65
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Roderick and Jessie Forbes, Fairburn, Muir of Ord, Ross-shire, Scotland
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Freemantle, 2 November 1914.

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

Reported missing in action, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915.

Court of Inquiry held in the field, 5 June 1915, pronounced fate as 'killed in action, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915.

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

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