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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Bill" William Clyne FORREST

Born 1889 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia [30]
Son of Alexander FORREST and Fanny Eliza MARSHALL [32]
Married Blanche Catherine Mary HATCH in the Gascoyne district of Western Australia in 1912 [66]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 2 August 1915 in Geraldton, Western Australia [30: item 4024338]
On enlistment he was noted as 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 157 lbs., with hazel eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion [30]
Stated his next of kin to be his wife Mrs Blanche FORREST, whose address at the time was Carnarvon, Western Australia [30]
After training at the Blackboy Hill military camp he was appointed on 11 October 1915 to 5th Reinforcements of the 28th Battalion [30]
Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A32 Themistocles on 13 October 1915 [18]
Served with the 112th Battery of the 24th Howitzer Brigade and then with the 12th Field Artillery Brigade in France [30]
Embarked form England on the Somali on 1 June 1919 and disembarked in Fremantle, Western Australia on 8 July 1919 [30]
Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
Received a Mention in Despatches Certificate and Two Oak Leave (one large and one small - the Mention in Despatches Emblem) [30]
Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force in Perth on 31 August 1919 [30]
Plumber in Three Springs 1922-1925 [19]
Member of the Three Springs Football Club in 1922 [10: 12-May-1922]
Could be the "Forrest" who was a member of the Arrino Cricket Club in 1922-23[9: 23-Feb-1923]
Later resided in Wararga in the Murchison, where he worked as a Repairer [19]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Subiaco [2]
Died 17 January 1951; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Wesleyan, DA, 6)[2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'William Clyne Forrest' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 22 August 2019 from  [ sources ]

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