Robert Archibald FORSYTH MM

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FORSYTH, Robert Archibald

Service Numbers: 2367, 2636
Enlisted: 23 July 1915, Place of enlistment - Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 18th Infantry Battalion
Born: Sydney, New South Wales, 1893
Home Town: Narromine, Narromine, New South Wales
Schooling: Sydney Grammar School
Occupation: Farmer and Grazier
Died: Died of wounds (blood poisoning), Hangard Wood, Villers-Bretonneux France, 6 May 1918
Cemetery: Bois-Guillaume Communal Cemetery Extension
Row D, Grave 17B Headstone Inscription "HERO AND GENTLEMAN", Bois Guillaume Communal Cemetery Extension, Haute-Normandie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Narromine War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

23 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2367, 18th Infantry Battalion, Place of enlistment - Liverpool, New South Wales
5 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2367, 18th Infantry Battalion, Embarked on HMAT 'A32' Themistocles from Sydney on 5th October 1915, disembarking Egypt.
18 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2367, 18th Infantry Battalion, Disembarked from Alexandria, Egypt on 18th March 1916, disembarking Marseilles, France on 25th March 1916 to join British Expeditionary Force.
26 Jul 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 2367, 18th Infantry Battalion, Wounded in action. Gun shot wound to left wrist. Admitted to 3rd Western General Hospital in England. Rejoined unit on 18th November 1916.
1 Dec 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 18th Infantry Battalion, Was Acting Corporal from 5th November 1916.
22 Jan 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 18th Infantry Battalion, Was Acting Corporal from 1st December 1916.
10 Feb 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, 18th Infantry Battalion
3 May 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, SN 2636, 18th Infantry Battalion, Wounded in action, second occasion. Gun shot wound to right foot, admitted to hospital in England. Rejoined unit on 13th March 1918.
15 Apr 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Lance Sergeant, 18th Infantry Battalion, Wounded in action, third occasion. Gun shot wound to left thigh and a fracture of the femur. Lance Sergeant Forsyth was initially admitted to 41st Casualty Clearing Station and later transferred to 9th General Hospital, Rouen. He was operated on and was progressing well until his condition became worse and he succumbed to the wounds on 6th May 1918.
6 May 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2367, 18th Infantry Battalion
6 Aug 1918: Honoured Military Medal

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Biography contributed by Daryl Jones

Son of Robert James and Agnes FORSYTH of Maybrook, Narromine, New South Wales. Native of Sydney, New South Wales.