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George Keith FORBES

Regimental number6183
Place of birthAberdeen Scotland
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationCarpenter
Address61 Albion Street, Surry Hills, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinFather, Alexander Forbes, 12 Salisbury Terrace, Aberdeen, Scotland
Enlistment date4 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name4th Field Company Engineers, Reinforcement 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/23/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 20 January 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Division Engineers
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: ENG Div 5
Promotion date: 24 January 1919

Lieutenant


Unit: ENG Div 5
Promotion date: 24 April 1919

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal (Awarded Military Medal)


Recommendation date: 29 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 20 July 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'At POLYGON WOOD.This N.C.O. accompanied his officer Lieutenant A.T. Ewart during the operations of 25/26/27th September 1917 to assist him in the staking and taping of track to our objectives gained. he personally in daylight with his officer, supervised the placing of the stakes and the running of the tapes for this track which was carried out beyond the line which our Infantry consolidated on at the time. He was wounded slightly but remained throughout with his officer in pegging and tracing a further track to the line in daylight on the 27th instant and assisted in the supervision of the wiring of the RED Line on the 28th instant.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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