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William Roland Forbes

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1918 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1918 - No known copyright restrictions

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Roland AWMM
  • Surname
    Forbes AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 25285 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
    Bay of Islands, NZ Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 16 May 2023 - Military Record
  • Birth notes
    Son of Edward James and Mary Forbes, of Towai - Mrs Mary FORBES married Joseph Browning LIND in 1909 Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 30 April 2023 - NZ BDM Birth & Marriage Records
  • Address before enlistment
    Station hand at Waimata Valley, Gisborne Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 16 May 2023 - Military Record
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs J. Lind (mother), Stout Street, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Single Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 16 May 2023 - Military Record

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 25285 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Stationhand/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • William Forbes was the son of Edward James and Mary Forbes, of Towai, New Zealand. AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Death
    4 April 1918 AWMM
    Age 34 AWMM
    FranceEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France AWMM XXXIII. D. 20. AWMM
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  • Obituary
    Mr James Forbes, of Rangi street, has received advice that his son, Sergeant W. R. Forbes, died of wounds on April 4 at the St. John Ambulance Brigade Hospital, Etapies. Another message states that deceased received a gun-shot wound in the head on April 1. Sergeant Forbes, who was 25 years of age, had been over two years at the war. Prior to enlistment he was engaged in station work in the Waimata Vallev, and was well-known to many in the district. He had recently been recommended for a commission and was to have gone into training to qualify for a lieutenancy. A brother, Edward Forbes, was killed earlier in the war, and another brother is on active service. Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 16 May 2023 - GISBORNE TIMES, VOLUME XLIX, ISSUE 4839, 10 APRIL 1918, PAGE 5
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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Sources

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  • External links
  • References
    • The kit-bag : the unofficial record of the following units of the Fourteenth Reinforcements on board the "Maunganui", Troopship 56. Printed by Cape Times : Cape Town. 1916. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      34: 16 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. 5: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Auckland Province (digital copy), 1914 - 1919. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2016-2. AWMM

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