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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: Military personnel file
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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