The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Private George Forsyth

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: George Given Forsyth

Ancestor's date of birth: 12/06/1880

Ancestor's date of death: 03/05/1902

Cause of Death: Died of an illness (measles), contracted on returning troop transport 'St Andrew', in the Brisbane General Hospital.

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Eldest of seven sons of William and Martha Forsyth, Ipswich, Queensland.

Service Number: 103

Colony or State of enlistment: QLD, Place of Enlistment: Brisbane

Unit: 5th Queensland Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: 1901

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): Did not survive the Boer War.

Murray Page: 495, 541 (Forsythe)

Contingent: Fifth Queensland

Ship: Templemore, Date of Sailing: 06/03/1901

Memorial details: Buried Brisbane General Cemetery, Toowong

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Transvaal, SA 1901 and SA 1902 clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided

Reasons to go and fight: Defend the Empire.

Details of service in war: April 1901 - March 1902 in east Transvaal, Free State including defeat at Mokari Drift (27 September 1901), and Natal border campaign including stand at Onverwacht (4 January 1902) where 13 died and 17 wounded.

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia: 30 April 1902 on the St Andrew. Died soon after.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Margaret Webb, Toogoolawah QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Niece

Name of Descendant: Dorothy Given Somerville, Toogoolawah QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Niece


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