Forrest, Colin Graham (Lieutenant, b.1892 - d.1920)

Place Europe: France
Accession Number 1DRL/0297
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm.
Object type Letter
Maker Forrest, Colin Graham
Place made France
Date made 1917-1918
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM93 12/11/2450
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

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Collection relating to the service of Lieutenant Colin Graham Forrest, MC, 57 Battalion, France, 1917-1918. Collection includes letters from Forrest to his mother in Leith, Scotland, written between October 1917 and April 1918, describing his activities while on active service.

History / Summary

This collection of letters covers the period October 1917 to April 1918. The letters reflect the pride a Scottish-born experienced soldier took in serving in the Australian army.

Biographical note: Lieutenant Colin Graham Forrest, MC, 57th Battalion AIF. Clerk of Melbourne, Victoria; born Leith, Scotland, 1892, served for four years in the 9th Battalion Highland Royal Scots (Territorial Force); joined the AIF on 18 August 1914 as a private and was posted to the 5th Battalion, promoted corporal on 2 May 1915, sergeant on 27 February 1916, CQMS on 9 May 1916, Lieutenant on 23 January 1917, transferred to the 57th Battalion on 5 September 1916; appointed bombing officer, 16 August 1917; detached to 15th Brigade, HQ for duty, 6 September 1917, rejoined 57 Battalion on 21 September 1917; was wounded on two occasions - first at Anzac, May 1915, second at Bullecourt, 9 May 1917; AIF appointment terminated on 21 September 1919; died on 22 February 1920.