Robert Archibald Forsyth

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Forsyth, Lance Sergeant Robert Archibald (Roy) no.2367

18th Battalion 5th Reinforcements MM

“The Towers” Sharp Street, Belmore; also “Maybrook”, Narromine.

Farmer and Grazier.

Born Sydney [1892?], son of Robert James and Agnes Forsyth.

Educated Moorfields School and Sydney Grammar School.

Joined Coronation Cadets, was selected by his school to attend the Coronation of His Majesty King Geoige V.

Lived “The Towers”, Belmore. Surrounding streets (Robert, Archibald, Forsyth, Roy) named after him.

Enlisted 28/7/1915, aged 22 years 10 months.

Single.

Church of England.

Next of kin, father, R.J. Forsyth, “Maybrook” Narromine. Next of kin, mother, Agnes Forsyth “Maybrook” Narromine, NSW.

Embarked 5/10/1915.

Proceeded to France 25/3/1916.

Wounded 26/7/1916 at Pozieres.

Promoted to Lance Sergeant 10/2/1917.

Wounded south of Riencourt 3/5/1917, and taken to England.

Returned to France 13/3/1918.

Military Medal Citation:

During an attack on a heavily manned enemy strongpost north of Hangard at 3.20 am on 15 April 1918, the Platoon Officer and Sergeant were wounded. This NCO then took charge of the Platoon and gallantly led it to within ten yards of the enemy position under a heavy, grazing fire from several machine guns. He hung on until 22 out of his 30 men were casualties, and was himself wounded. When a Corporal and a Private went to his rescue he tried in vain to get them to leave him and get back themselves in safety. Stretcher bearers brought him in later. Wounded at Hangard Wood 15/4/1918, died of wounds, no.8 General Hospital, Bois Guillaume, near Rouen 6/5/1918, aged 26.

Buried Bois-Guillaume Cimetaire Militaire Extension, Rouen, grave D. 17B

Monument, South Belmore Public School Memorial, Randwick Cemetery, Presbyterian Section

Special acknowledgement

The foundation of the information on this page was copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.

Note

An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 individuals recorded in the book - the list is titled Canterbury's Boys list. Every name is linked to an editable version of the individual’s biography copied from the Canterbury’s Boys book. The editable biographical files have been created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to add to these files any further information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.

Reference

Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002