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Full Name
Frederick William Duncan Forbes
Rank Last Held
Gunner
Forename(s)
Frederick William Duncan
Surname
Forbes
Also Known As
Fred
War
South African War, 1899-1902
Serial No.
2365
Place of Birth
Spylew, Kelso, Roxburghshire, Scotland
Religion
Presbyterian
First Known Rank
Trooper
Occupation before Enlistment
Miner
Next of Kin
Mrs Mary Anna Scott (sister), Spylew, Kelso, Roxburghshire, Scotland
Marital Status
Single
Enlistment Address
Spylew, Kelso, Roxburghshire, Scotland
Physical Description
  • Height: 5 foot 10 Inches
  • Weight: 11 stone 12 pounds
Enlistment Date
30 March 1900
Age on Enlistment
22
Military District
Thames
Body on Embarkation
5th Contingent
Embarkation Unit
5 Contingent, 11 Company
Embarkation Date
31 March 1900
Place of Embarkation
Wellington, New Zealand
Vessel
Maori
Destination
Beira, Portuguese East Africa (27 April 1900)
Other Units
1 New Zealand Battery, Rhodesian Field Force Artillery
Military Awards
Queen's South Africa Medal (Cape Colony, Rhodesia, Transvaal, South Africa 1901 Clasps)
Wounds and Diseases
Pneumonia
Last Unit Served
5th Contingent, New Zealand Mounted Rifles
Place of Death
Hospital, Port Chalmers, New Zealand
Date of Death
12 July 1901
Age at Death
24
Year of Death
1901
Cause of Death
Pneumonia
Cemetery Name
Northern Cemetery, Lovelock Ave, North Dunedin, New Zealand
Grave Reference
Section 7, Block 10, Plot 13
Memorial Name
  • Ranfurly Veterans' Home, 539 Mount Albert Road, Three Kings, Auckland, New Zealand
  • South Africa War Memorial, Victoria Park, Thames, Coromandel, New Zealand
Obituary
Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 13 July 1901, page 5
Biographical Notes
  • Father: William Forbes (Writer, Edinburgh)
  • Mother: Mary Aitken Scott
  • Miner, Pollen Street, Thames
  • Gunner W. F. Forbes received a military funeral on 15 July 1901. Dense crowds lined the streets to watch his coffin pass by on a 'B' Battery gun carriage. Returned to New Zealand on "Tagus" (ship) 11 July 1901
Description of Image
  • Roll of Honour, Ranfurly Veterans' Home, detail, 1st - 7th Contingents, (photo J. Halpin September 2011)
  • Roll of Honour, Ranfurly Veterans' Home, (photo J. Halpin September 2011)
  • Roll of Honour, Ranfurly Veterans' Home, detail, commemoration panel (photo J. Halpin September 2011)
  • Albert Park, (NZ Battery, Royal Artillery), South African War Memorial, Auckland (photo J.Halpin November 2011)
  • Albert Park, (NZ Battery, Royal Artillery), South African War Memorial, Auckland dedication, names of those who died 1900-1, sculpture water spout and font (photo J.Halpin November 2011)
Archives NZ source
Further References
Sources Used
  • Military Service Record
  • Stowers, R. (2009). Rough riders at war. (6th ed.) Hamilton, N.Z.: The Author.
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