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Richard Leslie FORREST

Regimental number3044
Place of birthDubbo, New South Wales
SchoolPenrith Public School, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressPenrith, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation22.11
Height5' 7"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Gladys May Forrest, Belmore Street, Penrith, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date16 November 1916
Place of enlistmentDubbo, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name34th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/51/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 24 January 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll34th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 12 October 1917
Place of death or woundingPasschendaele, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death22
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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Richard FORREST and Mary NAUGHTON his wife; husband of Gladys May FORREST. Native of Penrith, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 24 January 1917; fiund guilty, at sea, 14 February 1917, of (1) being absent from Guard; (2) attempting to break ship in plain clothes; (3) insolence to an NCO, 13 February 1917: awarded 14 days' detention, and forfeited a total of 15 days' pay; found guilty, at sea, 25 February 1917, of refusing to obey an order given by a Superior Officer, 24 February 1917: awarded 96 hours' detention; disembarked Devonport, England, 27 March 1917.

Marched into 9th Training Bn, Durrington, 7 April 1917.

Found guilty, 27 April 1917, of being absent without leave from midnight, 26 April, to 1.30 pm, 27 April 1917: awarded 7 days' confined to barracks, and forfeited 1 day's pay under Royal Warrant.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FORREST Richard Leslie
Red Cross File No 10903141

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