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Private John Forbes




John Forbes, from Moneydollog, Ahoghill, County Antrim, was a clerk in the linen business. He was born on 4 May 1895, son of farmer George Forbes and his wife Elizabeth (nee Knox).

Forbes enlisted in the North Irish Horse at Antrim on 19 November 1915 (No.1924). He was sent to France as a reinforcement on 27 July 1916 and was posted to D Squadron of the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment. On 20 September 1917 Forbes was transferred to the 9th (NIH) Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (No.41453). He was posted to C Company.

Private Forbes was killed in action on the second day of the battle of St Quentin, 22 March 1918, “while attempting to rescue a wounded comrade from German hands” according to the Belfast News-Letter. Having no known grave, he is commemorated at Pozieres Memorial, panel 77. It is possible that his body is one of two unidentified North Irish Horsemen who lie in the Grand Seraucourt British Cemetery.


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