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Arthur Gilbert FORRESTER

Regimental number7989
Place of birthFootscray Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCivil servant
AddressShaftesbury Hotel, Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinAunt, Clara Bell, P O Kilmore, Kilmore, Victoria
Enlistment date18 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameAustralian Stationary Hospital 1 - Special Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/70/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 1 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Field Ambulance
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 12 June 1917

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 28 April 1918

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty while in charge of a stretcher bearer squad during an attack. The advance was made under heavy shell and machine gun fire, and this N.C.O. did invaluable work in organizing details, directing regimental stretcher bearers, and getting in touch with battalion headquarters and the Field Ambulance posts in rear. During his duties, he was continually exposed to heavy fire, and did fine work under most difficult circumstances.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 15
Date: 4 February 1919

Military Medal

'During the night of June 9th/10th he was stationed at the R.A.P. of the 49th Battalion at [?] B or O 27 central (Sheet 28. S.W. 1/20,000) during the operations near MESSINES and sought out and got into touch with the R.A.P. of the 50th Australian Infantry Battalion at O 27. d 5.8, notwithstanding that the ground between was being heavily barraged with shells and machine gun fire. he then explored, at great risk to himself, this ground to find the safest path for the bearer squads to follow. Subsequently he worked continuously for 37 hours, most of which was under heavy shell fire, carrying wounded. During the night of 10th/11th June 1917 two members of his squad were wounded but he worked on with the fresh men who took their place as though he had come off duty at the same time as they, thus displaying marked courage and endurance under very trying circumstances.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

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