FORREST, John Samson Gibb
(Service number 62868)

Aliases Known as Jock
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 11 June 1897 Place of Birth Glasgow, Scotland

Enlistment Information

Date 19 July 1917 Age 20 years
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Motor mechanic
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Agnes 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 Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 34th Reinforcements, Specialist Company
Date 8 February 1918
Transport Ulimaroa
Embarked From Destination Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With NZ MG Battalion

Military Awards

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Award Circumstances and Date

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


Date 17 September 1919 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 12 December 1967 Age 70 years
Place of Death Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 141, Plot 335
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Samson Gibb Forrest, who was known as Jock, was born on 11 June 1897 at Glasgow, Scotland, the younger son of James and Agnes (née Gibb) Forrest. John, his brother Thomas and sisters Elizabeth and Margaret came to Timaru South School from Addington School late in 1906. The family had come to New Zealand only a few months before. John left school at the age of 16 to go out to work.

John was a twenty-year old mtor mechanic apprentice when he was called up and enlisted on 19 July 1917 at Timaru. Private J. H. G. Forrest embarked for Liverpool, England, on 8 February 1918, with the Specialist Company of the 34th Reinforcements per the “Ulimaroa”.

Private J. S. Forrest returned to New Zealand by the “Port Hacking” which was due at Lyttelton about 14 August 1919. In 1922 he married Ethel Panckhurst. John Samson Gibb Forrest died on 12 December 1967 at Timaru, aged 70 years, and was buried in the local cemetery with Ethel who had died in 1965. His brother Thomas also served in World War One with the New Zealand Forces.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [20 May 2021]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [20 May 2021]; Timaru Herald, 30 July 1919, 11 August 1919 (Papers Past) [26 & 27 April 2021]

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