Reginald James Thomas FORSYTH

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FORSYTH, Reginald James Thomas

Service Number: 1096
Enlisted: 21 March 1915, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: Australian Flying Corps (AFC)
Born: Crows Nest, New South Wales, Australia, 2 February 1893
Home Town: North Sydney, North Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Crows Nest State School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Commercial Traveller
Died: Died of Wounds (flying accident), Military Hospital, Prees Heath, Salop, (Shropshire), England , 16 February 1918, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Tilstock (Christ Church) Churchyard Extension
Grave No.34
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

21 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1096, Liverpool, New South Wales
16 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1096, 1st Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
16 Aug 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1096, 1st Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Marere, Sydney
8 Nov 1916: Transferred Second Class Air Mechanic, Australian Flying Corps (AFC)
1 May 1917: Promoted First Class Air Mechanic, No. 2 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
23 Oct 1917: Promoted Second Lieutenant, Australian Flying Corps (AFC)
16 Feb 1918: Involvement Second Lieutenant, Australian Flying Corps (AFC)

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Biography contributed by Roderick Conway

"...2nd Lieutenant Reginald James Thomas Forsyth, 1st Light Horse Regiment, of North Sydney, NSW. 2 Lt Forsyth embarked with the 7th Reinforcements on HMAT Marere on 16 August 1915. He died of wounds on 16 February 1918." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date - 16th February........Reginald James Thomas Forsyth was born at Crows Nest, Sydney, NSW in early 1893. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 21st March, 1915 as a 22 year old Commercial Traveller from North Sydney, NSW.

Private Forsyth was appointed Lance Corporal with 1st Light Horse Regiment on 1st January, 1916 then appointed Corporal on 5th May, 1916. He was wounded in action on 4th August, 1916, recovered & was transferred to 1st Light Horse Training Regiment on 5th October, 1916. He rejoined 1st Light Horse Regiment on 13th October, 1916.
Corporal Forsyth was attached to Australian Flying Corps on 28th October, 1916; graduated as Flying Officer (Pilot) & appointed as Second Lieutenant on 23rd October, 1917.

Second Lieutenant Reginald James Thomas Forsyth took off from Tern Hill Aerodrome, Shropshire, England at 2 pm on 20th January, 1918 on a Sopwith Pup B/6089 to participate in a formation flight. Second Lieutenant Reginald James Thomas Forsyth’ plane crashed shortly after.

Second Lieutenant Reginald James Thomas Forsyth was admitted to Military Hospital at Prees Heath on 20th January, 1918 seriously ill after an aeroplane accident. He died at 6.30 am on 16th February, 1918 at Military Hospital, Prees Heath, Salop, (Shropshire), England from injuries received in an aeroplane accident. Second Lieutenant Forsyth was buried in Christ Church Churchyard Extension, Tilstock, Shropshire where 3 other WW1 Australian Flying Corps men are buried.
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