Cyril Hennessy FORTH


FORTH, Cyril Hennessy

Service Number: 4118
Enlisted: 3 January 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Orroroo, South Australia, 25 September 1898
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Kilkman North
Occupation: Locomotive Engine Cleaner at Adelaide Railway Station
Died: Gun shot wound to chest (wounded in action), Pozieres, Picardie, France, 6 August 1916, aged 17 years
Cemetery: Puchevillers British Cemetery
Plot 2, Row B, Grave 70, Puchevillers, Somme, France. Commemorated at Cheltenham Cemetery in Adelaide. His name is located at panel 110 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT., Puchevillers British Cemetery, Puchevillers, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide South Australian Railways WW1 & WW2 Honour Boards, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Peterborough 'LOCO' S.A.R. Roll of Honor, Peterborough St Peter's Anglican Church Roll of Honour WW1, Peterborough War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

3 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4118, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
3 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4118, 27th Infantry Battalion
3 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
9 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, RMS Mongolia
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4118, 27th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Battle for Pozières

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Father  George Lathen Forth (1858 - 1912)
and Mother Catherine (nee Hennessy)  (1864 - 1944), buried Cheltenham Cemetery
(Section D, Drive: B, Path (#): 11(22), Site Number: 363S).

Sister:  Mary Elizabeth Forth (1883 - 1885)
Brother George Forth (1885 - ?)
Brother  John Cleales Forth (1886 - ?)
Brother Alfred William Forth (1888 - 1920)
Brother  Arthur Hedley Forth (1890 - 1969)
Sister  Lillian Maude Forth  (1891 - 1969)
Sister  Eileen Levina Forth  (1894 - ?)
Sister  Laurel Irene Forth  (1896 - 1981)
Sister  Doreen Bessie Forth  (1902 - ?)
Sister Kathleen Maude Forth  (1903 - ?)
Brother Alton Roy Forth  (1905 - 1989) last abode Kadina, 83yrs, buried in Enfield Memorial Park.

Next of kin in service:
1 x Brother; 7 x cousins and 2 x cousins killed.

Served 3years as a Senior Cadet (and still serving)  prior to enlisting.

Described on enlisting 18 years 3 months old; Single, 5’ 6 ¼” tall; 124 lbs; fair complexion;
blue eyes; Auburn hair; Church of England

3/1/1916       Completed medical - fit for service

3/1/1916       Enlisted in Adelaide

13/1/1916     Commanding Officer appointed Cyril to "A" Company, 2nd Depot Battalion
                     Exhibition AIF Camp

16/1/1916     11th reinforcement, 27th Infantry

16/2/1916     10th reinforcement, 27th Infantry

9/3/1916       Embarked from OUter Harbour, Port Adelaide on HMAT Mongolia

10/5/1916     Proceeded to join British Expeditionary Forces per H.T. Scotian, to Alexandria
18/5/1916     Disembarked ex Alexandria, to Marseilles, France

5/6/1916       Admitted from Egypt to 2nd Divisional Base depot
9/6/1916       admitted  into Egypt

6/7/1916       Joined 27th Battalion from 10th Reinforcements, France

4/8/1916       Gun shot wound to chest, received in action, France

5/8/1916       admitted to No.3, Casualty Clearing Station

6/8/1916       Died of wounds

10/10/1916   Buried at Puchevillers British Cemetery
                                  Plot 2, Row B, Grave 70
                                  Puchevillers, Somme, France

He is also commemorated in Cheltenham Cemetery, South Australia.

1914-15 Star;  British War Medal (33725), Victory Medal (33489); Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll (313764).

Sourced and collated by Julianne T Ryan.  28 May 2014.  Lest we forget.