Peter FORBY

Badge Number: 18439, Sub Branch: Gawler
18439

FORBY, Peter

Service Number: 5360
Enlisted: 12 January 1916, at Adelaide
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Mallala, South Australia, Australia, November 1893
Home Town: Mallala, Mallala, South Australia
Schooling: Mallala Public School
Occupation: Farmer
Memorials: Mallala District of Grace WW1 Roll of Honor, Mallala Public School Roll of Honor, Virginia District WW1 Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

12 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5360, 10th Infantry Battalion, at Adelaide
11 Apr 1916: Involvement Private, SN 5360, 10th Infantry Battalion
11 Apr 1916: Embarked Private, SN 5360, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Adelaide
6 May 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 5360, 10th Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (Second), GSW head
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Lance Corporal, SN 5360, 10th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Saint Ignatius' College

Peter Forby was born in Mallala, South Australia in November 1893. Peter was born with blue eyes, brown hair and he was a natural born British Subject. When Peter was old enough to attend school, he went to Mallala Public School and was on the school's Roll of Honour board. Peter and his parents Mr and Mrs Forby practiced the Methodist religion. Before enlisting to join World War l Peter was a single, 22 year old man who worked as a farmer. Peter lacked any prior record of military service before he joined World War I.

Peter enlisted to join World War I on the 12th of January 1916 in Mallala, South Australia when he was 22 years old. Peter embarked as a private from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on the 11th of April 1916. Peter was in the 10th Australian Infantry Battalion and he stayed in that unit for the rest of his service in World War I. Peter’s next of kin in World War l was his mother Mrs Forby because she was the closest living relative to Peter.

Peter joined the 10th Battalion in the field on 19th September 1916. Peter’s rank in World War l was being a private. Then later on in service Peter got promoted from being a private to being a Lance Corporal, in May 1918.

Peter did get sick a couple times and had to stay In hospital while he served in World War l. Peter had an occurrence in hospital from getting sick by the poor environment he fought in on the 11th of October 1916. Peter was also wounded a couple times and had to stay in hospital while he served in World War l. Peter had an occurrence in hospital from a gunshot wound to the head on the 7th of May 1917, received at the battle of Bullecourt. He was hospitlaised with influenza in mid 1918.

At the end of World War l Peter returned to Australia on the 16th of June 1919 from serving in the War. 

 

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