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Alexander McRae Forbes

12/3218 Lieutenant Alec McRae Forbes. Mickle, A. M. R. (n.d.) Mickle album. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tamaki Paenga Hira. PH-ALB-561. p.8. No known copyright restrictions.

12/3218 Lieutenant Alec McRae Forbes. Mickle, A. M. R. (n.d.) Mickle album. Auckland War Memorial Mu …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Alexander McRae AWMM
  • Surname
    Forbes AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 12/3218 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    • 15 January 1895 AWMM AWMM
    • 15 January 1895 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 8 July 1915 AWMM Palmerston Road, Birkenhead, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    J. McRae Forbes (father), Palmerston Road, Birkenhead, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 13 November 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 12/3218 AWMM
  • Military service
    • Eden Rifle Cadets volunteers 1 March 1910 AWMM
    • Col.Sergt Cadets AWMM
    • 54 Company A.S.C. 1914 AWMM
    • 3rd Auckland Regiment C.D.D. 1 March 1911 AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Trentham Camp 1915 AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 8 July 1915 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    Bookbinder/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 6 1/4 inches AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Clear AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Bayonet wound to thigh - severe - in Frances. Transferred to Brighton Hospital, 23 February 1917. AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Heart failure AWMM
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5' 6.5" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      160 lb AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Alexander Forbes was a Justice of the Peace.

    Aide-de-Camp to the Prince of Wales during the Somme Battle

    Aide-de-Camp to Major General Sir George Richardson (after the war)

    Town Major in Ypres.

    Alexander's family resided on Palmerston Road, Birkenhead (Source: AWMM Research)

    Wounded in action, 21 February 1917 (bayonet wound, left thigh); transferred to England, and admitted to Cambridge research Hospital, 24 February 1917; transferred to Convalescent Hospital, Brighton, 24 April 1917.
    Discharged on leave, 26 April 1917, to report to NZ Reserve Group, Sling Camp, 9 May 1917; qualified as instructor in grenades at Southern Command Grenade School, Lyndhurst, 4-16 June 1917.
    Proceeded overseas to France, 12 July 1917, rejoined Bn, in the field, 10 August 1917.
    Detached to NZ Wing, 2nd Anzac Reinforcements Camp, 30 September 1917; rejoined Bn from detachment, 12 November 1917.
    Promoted Captain, 31 October 1917.
    Detached to NZ Division Traffic Control, 12 November 1917.
    Transferred to 1st Bn, Auckland Infantry Regiment, 18 February 1918.
    Appointed Company Commander, 15 April 1918; relinquished command as Company Commander, 7 October 1918.
    Marched in to Sling Camp from France, 3 February 1919.
    Commenced return to New Zealand on board HMNZT 'Remuera', 17 March 1919; appointment terminated (discharged), 2 June 1919.
    Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    24 December 1969 AWMM
    Age 74 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • This was my grandfather. He was very respected by the troops he lead and I can remember as a young child when he is ill from the long term effects of the war( I was told he had been gased and this contributed to his illness). Many of his old army comrades would come over and recall the old days. He was proud of the time the Prince of Wales came to New Zealand in 1935 and my grandfather went to see him and as the prince passed by he called out to him by name. He as thrilled he remembered him. He was a great man and lived a good life. He carried a picture of my grandmother who was only his girlfriend at the time all through the war and we still have all the letters and cards he sent her. They are truly beautiful and a reminder of the importance of the people back home were to them. It certainly gave him hope of returning home
    Public - Kay Frances - Other Relative - 8 May 2015



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  • External links
  • References
    • McDonald, W. (2013). Honours and Awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. (3rd ed.). Hamilton, N.Z.: Richard Stowers. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Page No: 237 AWMM
    • NZEF Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra AWMM
    • Mickle, A. M. R. (n.d.) Mickle album. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tamaki Paenga Hira. PH-ALB-561. AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 3: Includes portrait AWMM


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08 May 2015Kay FrancesLondon,EnglandOther Relative

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