Hughie John (Harold) FORSAITH


FORSAITH, Hughie John

Service Number: 6838
Enlisted: 23 February 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 300th Company Mechanical Transport
Born: Prospect, SA, Australia, 2 July 1889
Home Town: Horsham, Wimmera, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Motor mechanic
Died: Shot down by anti aircraft fire, France, 18 August 1917, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Unley Arch of Remembrance, Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

23 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 6838, 300th Company Mechanical Transport
28 Jun 1915: Involvement SN 6838, 300th Company Mechanical Transport
28 Jun 1915: Embarked SN 6838, 300th Company Mechanical Transport, HMAT Berrima, Melbourne
16 Mar 1917: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 6838, 300th Company Mechanical Transport, Discharged to Royal Flying Corps with rank of 2nd Lieutenant

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

2nd Lt. Harold (Hughie) John Forsaith of the 55th Squadron RFC was killed in action shortly after, on the 18th August, 1917. He and his observer 2nd Lt. H. Dunstan were flying a D.H.4 on this day when it was hit by antiaircraft fire and broke up. The two airman are buried side by side in the Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, near the Belgian border in northern France.

 Second-Lieutenant H. J. Forsaith was born in Prospect, and educated at the Parkside and Unley State schools. He served his apprenticeship with an engineering company, afterwards leaving for the eastern States, where he took up motor work. He enlisted from Victoria in February 1915, and left for the front in June of the same year as driver in the motor transport. He was three months on Gallipoli, and was amongst the last to leave. Subsequently he was attached to the headquarters' staff of the 5th Division. He went from Egypt to France in June 1916, and in October of the same year joined the Royal Flying Corps. As a boy he was a successful gymnast, and took a keen interest in all sport. A younger brother served in France with the A.A.S.C, and returned safely to Australia in 1919.