Biography

Birth date: 24 February 1883
Final rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Units:
  • 20th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 21st Australian Infantry Battalion

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Captain
  • Date of embarkation: 10 May 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 21st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 21st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 20th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George

  • Unit: 20th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George

  • Unit: 20th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George

  • Unit: 21st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George

  • Unit: 21st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George

  • Unit: 20th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 20th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 21st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 21st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George

  • Unit: 20th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 21st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 20th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 20th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Collection Items

Private Record (1)

Forbes, Frederick W D (Lieutenant Colonel, DSO, 21st Bn and: 17th Aust Grn Bn) PR85/011

 

Private Record

Forbes, Frederick W D (Lieutenant Colonel, DSO, 21st Bn and: 17th Aust Grn Bn)

LETTERS, NEWSCUTTINGS, PHOTOGRAPHS AND PUBLICATIONS RELATING TO FORBES' SERVICE. REFERENCES TO TATURA INTERNMENT CAMP, PRESENTATION OF DSO AND BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL

PR85/011

Photograph

P00386.001

Croydon, Victoria. Informal portrait of R A Forbes, probably Robert Arthur Forbes, Mayor of Prahran, Victoria, 1886-1887 and 1897-1898, and father of Lieutenant Colonal (Lt Col) Frederick William Dempster Forbes. (See P00386.002 for a portrait of Lt Col F W D Forbes.)

P00386.001

Heraldry

'Thunderer' General Service whistle : Major F W D Forbes, 21 Battalion, AIF

Standard escargot pattern general service pea whistle made from cast and soldered nickel plated brass with integral suspension mount and steel loop. A cork ball is held within the bulb. The mouthpiece is impressed ' 'The Thunderer' Hudson's Patent'. This example is slightly heavier than most...

REL/11934

General Service tube whistle : Major F W D Forbes, 21 Battalion, AIF

Standard nickle-plated brass tube-bodied whistle with intergal suspension loop, double window and lead fipple. The maker's details and the date 1914 are impressed into the main barrel of the whistle. A 175 mm long tapered leather strap, with buttonhole slot at one end, is attached to the loop with...

REL/11933

Timeline

Date of birth 1883-02-24
Date and unit at appointment (Officers) 1915-03-24 Appointed captain with the 21st Battalion.
Date promoted 1915-04-01 Appointed major.
Date of embarkation 1915-05-08
Date of embarkation 1915-05-10
Date promoted 1916-08-01 Appointed lieutenant colonel.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1916-08-09
Date of recommendation honour or award 1916-09-14
Other units 1916-12-24 - 1917-01-31 Detached to 6th Brigade.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917
Other units 1917-02-19 - 1917-03-06 Temporary command of the 6th Australian Infantry Brigade.
Other units 1917-05-29 Posted to the 6th Training Battalion Rollestone and took command.
Other units 1917-07-16 Commanding Officer at No 2 Group.
Other units 1917-11-07 Commandant 2nd Training Battalion.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-03-14
Other units 1918-05-19 Appointed to command the 19th Battalion.
Other units 1918-05-30 Appointed to command the 20th Battalion.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-09-07
Other units 1918-09-08 - 1918-09-23 Appointed to command the 5th Australian Infantry Brigade.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-09-24
Other units 1918-11-24 Temporary command 5th Australian Infantry Brigade.
Other units 1919-01-12 Rejoined 20th Battalion.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1919-01-30
Other units 1919-06-17 Officer commanding troops HMAT Miltiades.
Other 1919-10-12 AIF appointment terminated.