Alexander Gibson FORSYTH

FORSYTH, Alexander Gibson

Service Number: 3109
Enlisted: 19 September 1916, Enlisted 19 September 1916
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 4th Light Horse Regiment
Born: “Killbride”, Mansfield, Victoria, Australia, 16 October 1891
Home Town: Mansfield, Mansfield, Victoria
Schooling: No 1360 Gold St., State School & University High School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Grazier
Died: Broncho-Pneumonia, Military Hospital, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England, 2 April 1917, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Tidworth Military Cemetery, England
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Mansfield War Memorial Gates
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World War 1 Service

19 Sep 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3109, 4th Light Horse Regiment, Enlisted 19 September 1916
6 Dec 1916: Involvement Private, 3109, 4th Light Horse Regiment, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '2' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Orsova embarkation_ship_number: A67 public_note: ''
6 Dec 1916: Embarked Private, 3109, 4th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Orsova, Melbourne
2 Apr 1917: Involvement Trooper, 3109, 4th Light Horse Regiment, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 3109 awm_unit: 4 Light Horse Regiment awm_rank: Trooper awm_died_date: 1917-04-02

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Biography contributed by Robert Wight

One month short of his 25th birthday, Mansfield born and riased grazier, Alexander Gibson Forsyth enlisted in the AIF on 19 September 1916.

Allocated to the 4th Light Horse Regiment, he arrived in England on 17 February 1917.

Within six weeks however, he had succumbed to broncho-pneumonia and died on 2 April 1917.

Despite not firing a shot in anger, Alexander Forsyth nevertheless gave his life in the service of his country.

He is buried at Tidworth Military Cemetery in England.


Biography contributed by Cathy Sedgwick

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick (OAM) – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland”

Died on this date –   2nd April …… Alexander Gibson Forsyth was born at “Killbride”, Mansfield, Victoria on 16th October, 1891 to parents Alexander & Mary McTurk Forsyth (nee Gibson).

Alexander Forsyth (senior), father of Alexander Gibson Forsyth, died on 14th September, 1906 at Howes Creek, Victoria.

On 19th September, 1916 Alexander Gibson Forsyth enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) as a 25 year old, single, Grazier from Kilbride, Mansfield, Victoria.

Private Alexander Gibson Forsyth, Service number 3109, embarked from Melbourne, Victoria on HMAT Orsova (A67) on 6th December, 1916 with the 4th Light Horse Regiment, 24th Reinforcements & disembarked at Plymouth, England on 17th February, 1917.

Reinforcements were only given basic training in Australia. Training was completed in training units in England. Some of these were located in the Salisbury Plain & surrounding areas in the county of Wiltshire.

He was marched in to 4th Light Horse Regiment Details at Candahar Barracks, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England on 18th February, 1917 from Australia.

On 11th March, 1917 Private Forsyth reported sick to Hospital with Pleurisy. He was reported to be seriously ill on 16th March, 1917.

Base Records advised Mrs M. G. Forsyth, “Kilbride” Mansfield, Victoria on 27th March, 1917 that Private A. G. Forsyth had been admitted to Tidworth Military Hospital on 16th March, 1917 suffering from a severe illness.


Trooper Alexander Gibson Forsyth died at 11.40 am on 2nd April, 1917 at Military Hospital, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England from Broncho Pneumonia. (Note: Time of death of 11.40 am was reported in a Telegram from Medical Tidworth to Commandant, Administrative Headquarters, A.I.F. London. The “Morning State of Sick” (army form A 27) recorded the time of death as 11.45 am).

He was buried in Tidworth Military Cemetery, Wiltshire, England – Plot number C. 315 and has a Private Headstone.  His death is still acknowledged by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)