DIVISIONAL UNIT: 2nd Canadian Infantry Division
6th Infantry Brigade
29th Battalion - Vancouver
Canadian Infantry Corps
SERVICE NO: 907426
RESIDENCE: Nokomis – Saskatchewan
DATE OF BIRTH: November 6, 1889
Clinton – Goderich Township – County of Huron - Ontario
DATE OF DEATH: November 9, 1917 28 years
CEMETERY: Tyne Cot Cemetery – Zonnebeke –
West Vlaanderen – Belgium
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PARENTS: Mr. David and Elizabeth Forrester – Clinton – Ontario
Occupation: Jeweller Religion: Presbyterian
Enlistment: Regina – Saskatchewan – March 20, 1916 – into 195 Battalion
Enlistment Age: 26 years 4 months
Private Forrester left Canada on the S.S. Empress of Britain and arrived in Liverpool on November 11, 1916. On this same day, he transferred to the 32nd Battalion based at East Sandling -Kent. He transfers to the 102nd Battalion and joined them on November 27, 1916 prior to going to France.
He then is admitted to No. 2 Australian General Hospital based in Wimereaux with gunshot wounds to his right shoulder on April 11, 1917. He is invalided to England on the Hospital ship St. Patrick on April 13, 1917 and then is admitted to 1st western General Hospital in Liverpool on April 14, 1917. Following this he becomes a patient at the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park in Epsom on May 5, 1917. He leaves hospital on May 29, 1917 and is transferred to the 16th Reserve Battalion, then to 1st Reserve Battalion and then joins the 29th Battalion in the field on September 6, 1917.
Following the battle for Passchendaele the Battalion on November 8th they marched from Potijze to Ypres and boarded a train for Brandhoek and from there marched to Toronto Camp.
The weather on November 9th was cloudy with intervals of rain. The Battalion was located at Toronto Camp near Brandhoek where they were during the complete day.
Private Forrester had either volunteered or was instructed to do burial duty on the day that he died. Private Forrester at the time of his death was serving on burial duty and his group of four men were moving towards the forward areas near Passchendaele. As they were moving forward an enemy shell dropped into an ammunition dump nearby and the resulting explosion killed Private Forrester instantly. His group was the last group of four.