(Service number 34597)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank Private


Date 10 May 1895 Place of Birth Glasgow, Scotland

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 68 Theodocia Street, Timaru
Occupation Motor mechanic
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs A. FORREST (mother), 62 Theodocia Street, Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Reinforcements, G Company
Date 30 December 1916
Transport Athenic
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Auckland Infantry

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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

Motor mechanic


Date 24 November 1971 Age 76 years
Place of Death Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery Cremated Salisbury Park Crematorium, Timaru
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Thomas Forrest, born on 10 May 1895 at Glasgow, Scotland, was the son of James and Agnes (née Gibb) Forrest. Thomas, his brother John and sisters Elizabeth and Margaret came to Timaru South School from Addington School late in 1906. Thomas left at the age of 16 to join the Timaru Post. T. Forrest, 34597, returned to New Zealand per the “Arawa” (Draft No. 244), reaching Lyttelton about 12 May 1919. Thomas married Ethel Irene Jackson at St Mary’s Timaru in 1920. Ethel was interred in Timaru Cemetery while Thomas was cremated at Salisbury Park Crematorium.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [31 May 2020]; New Zealand Times, 29 April 1919 (Papers Past) [26 May 2020]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch) [02 June 2020]; Salisbury Park Crematorium record [02 June 2020]

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