Roy Everard Forrest

First Name: 
Roy
Middle Name: 
Everard
Last Name: 
Forrest
Date of Birth: 
Tuesday, April 28, 1891
Mother's Name: 
Ethel Forrest nee Terry
Father's Name: 
Arthur Forrest
Date Enlisted: 
Friday, September 25, 1914
Rank at Enlistment: 
Lance Corporal
Rank at Discharge: 
Lieutenant
Unit: 
Field Artillery
Service: 
Cavalry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Friday, February 15, 1957
Place of Death: 
Sydney
Details: 

Roy Forrest (Service No 107) was born in Sydney.  Roy spent his early life in Berry, N.S.W. where his father died in 1911.

Roy enlisted in Brisbane at the age of 23; he was single and worked as a station hand.  He embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A34 Persic with the Machine Gun Section, 5th Light Horse Regiment on 21st December 1914.

He arrived in Egypt on 1st February 1915 and was sent to Gallipoli ahead of 5th Light Horse Regiment, when the Machine Gun Section was sent on 9th May 1915 a few days before the Regiment.  He was promoted to Sergeant in the field on 9th August 1915.  Soon after, in September, Roy was evacuated due to illness.

On 4th May 1916 in Egypt he was transferred to 15th Field Artillery Brigade and promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on 17th May 1916.

Roy arrived in France on 24th April 1916 and was promoted to Lieutenant on 23rd August 1916 and served on the Western Front,

On 13th December 1917 Roy was wounded in action however he was able to remain on duty.

Roy was wounded in action a second time on 10th February 1918 and initially remained on duty, but was later evacuated to hospital in England for treatment of a gun shot wound to his neck.

He returned to Australia in January 1919 and was discharged from the AIF on 29th April 1919.  On the same day he married Charlotte Colley in Sydney.  The couple went on to raise two children.  

On 8th July 1941 Roy enlisted to serve in World War II (Service No N273230), serving with 12th Garrison Battalion until 19th October 1944.

Roy died in 1957 and is buried in Northern Suburbs Cemetery, Sydney.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, FORREST R E

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