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John Williamson FORSYTH

Regimental number3760
Place of birthGlasgow, Scotland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSeafaring
AddressHunter Street, Newcastle, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation36
Height5' 4"
Weight133 lbs
Next of kinCousin, Mrs E Richmond, St. George's Road, Glasgow, Scotland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date12 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 23 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 20), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
169
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to and proceeded to join 14th Bn, 4 March 1916.

Found guilty, Tel el Kebir, 18 March 1916, of (1) being drunk and thereby missing embarkation; (2) insubordinate and indecent language: awarded 168 hours' Field Punishment No 2.

Taken on strength, 60th Bn, Duntroon Plateau, 20 April 1916.

Admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, 2 May 1916; transferred to No 2 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Ferry Post, 3 May 1916 (dental: pyarrhoea alvevlaris); rejoined Bn, Ferry Post, 14 May 1916.

Found guilty, 19 May 1916, of being absent without leave, 2100, 17 May, to 2100, 18 May 1916: awarded 4 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 2 days' pay under royal Warrant.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported missing in action, 19 July 1916.

Now, 25 August 1916, reported 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 1090511: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FORSYTH John Williamson
Red Cross File No 1090511

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