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Hugh Douglas Forde

1/4 portrait of Lance Corporal Hugh Douglas Forde, Reg no. 13505, New Zealand Army Service Corps (Photographer: Herman Schmidt, 1916). Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 31-F421. No known copyright.

1/4 portrait of Lance Corporal Hugh Douglas Forde, Reg no. 13505, New Zealand Army Service Corps (Ph …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Hugh Douglas AWMM
  • Surname
    Forde AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 13505 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    • AWMM
    • 4 December 1895 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra EllerslieAuckland Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
    • 4 December 1895 NZWGT NZWGT
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    F.H. Forde (father), Herald Buildings, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 13505 AWMM
  • Military service
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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before 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
    • 26 Oct 1917 {Age 23} AWMMDied of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5' 8.5" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      164 lb AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Attended St John's College (1905-8).

    Brother of Private Norman Arthur Forde (38679), who was killed in action on 3 October 1917, in France.

    Embarked Wellington, 31 May 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 26 July 1916, and marched in to Sling Camp.
    Appointed Orderly Room Clerk and paid as such, 28 July 1916; relinquished position at own request, 20 November 1916.
    Proceeded overseas to France, 6 January 1917; posted to 4th Battery, 3rd Brigade, as Gunner, in the field, 22 January 1917.
    Admitted to No 1 NZ Field Ambulance, 23 January 1917 (scabies); transferred to No 10 Field Ambulance, 25 January 1917, and thence to Northumbrian Casualty Clearing Station same day; discharged to duty and rejoined unit, 4 February 1917.
    On leave to United Kingdom, 2 September 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 18 September 1917.
    Wounded in action, 25 October 1917 (gun shot wound, right hand and thigh), and admitted to 13th Canadian Field Ambulance; transferred to 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 25 October 1917.
    Died of wounds, 26 October 1917.

    Parents: Frederick Hamilton Forde and the late Mrs Forde, St Heliers Bay, Auckland

    Previously employed as Clerk by New Zealand Insurance Company, Auckland AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    26 October 1917 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    BelgiumEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Nine Elms British Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium AWMM VI.E.15. AWMM
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  • Obituary
    Lance-Corporal Hugh Douglas Forde, who died of wounds on October 26, was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Forde, of St. Heliers Bay. He was 22 years old, and was educated at St. John's College. After leaving college he joined the staff of the New Zealand Insurance Company, to which he was attached up to the time of his enlistment. He left with the thirteenth reinforcements, and after reaching England was for some months engaged in staff work at Sling Camp. He left for France early in January with a howitzer battery, in which he was serving when he received the wounds which proved fatal. A young brother, Private Norman Arthur Forde, went with the twenty-second reinforcements, and was killed in action on October 4. He was educated at St. John's College, and prior to enlisting was engaged as a motor-mechanic in Auckland. (Auckland Weekly News, 15 November 1917, p. 21) AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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