In July 2012 nine Australian World War One soldiers were given final honour on 96th anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles at a headstone dedication ceremony .
One of those nine, Scottish born, John Robertson Forrest (3064) was living in the Sydney suburb of North Ryde when he enlisted. He was 'Killed in Action' on 19 July 1916. We had already identified him as one of our 'Ryde goes to War' soldiers because his name is listed on the Eastwood War Memorial, the memorial in St Anne's Anglican Church Ryde and the Ryde Council Memorial Book (located in the Ryde Civic Centre). We only recently discovered that he was among those recently identified at Pheasant Wood and finally given a headstone.
Address at Enlistment
Occupation at Enlistment
Place of Enlistment
Date of Enlistment
Age at Embarkation
PTE John Forrest
North Ryde, Sydney NSW
2 Jul 15
Born in Scotland
Previous service in 6th Gordon Highlanders, British Army
John Forrest, joins another 'Ryde goes to War' soldier already identified with a headstone Pheasant Wood, Fromelles, France. Laurence Harriott (4509), also a member of the 54th Battalion was also 'Killed in Action' on 19 July 1916. A photo of Laurence is available on the Australian War Memorial Website. http://cas.awm.gov.au/item/H06405
at Pheasant Wood, Fromelles, France.
Photo: Kim Phillips, July 2012.