(Service number 42072)

First Rank Lance Sergeant Last Rank


Date 15 February 1879 (1877?) Place of Birth Kilmorack, Inverness-shire, Scotland

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Tokomaru Bay
Occupation Bank manager
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married
Next of Kin Mrs Gwendoline Mary FORBES (wife), Wai-iti Road, Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 24th Reinforcements, E Company
Date 5 April 1917
Transport Devon
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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Military Awards

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Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Bank manager


Date 24 June 11962 Age 85 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Waiuku Cemetery
Memorial Reference Row 37, Plot 037
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Forbes was the son of John Forbes and Christina née Douglas. John had been in New Zealand for 9 years when he enlisted. He was at home with his familyat Teanassie, Kilmorack, Inverness-shire, Scotland, in 1881 and 1891, a scholar in 1819. In 1901 he appears to be an accountant in a land agents office at Cambourne, Cornwall, England. His father died in 1896 and is buried in Beauly cemetery, his wife with him in 1925. He married Gwendoline Mary Wood on 16 November 1916 at Timaru. Their daughter, Joan Gwendolyn, was born at Timaru on 22 September 1917, more than five months after John embarked. Private J. Forbes arrived home to Timaru by the Oxfordshire in early 1919.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [06 July 2019]; 1881, 1891, 1901 census returns ( [07 July 2019]; Waiuku Cemetery burial record (Auckland City Council) [07 July 2019]

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