Irving Douglas Forbes, MM



Jan 18, 1896

Born to Disney and Jane (nee O’Brien) Forbes at Toronto Ontario


May 31, 1915

Shown on the payroll of the 35th Battalion at the Niagara Camp


Jun 10, 1915

Attested into the 35th Battalion at Niagara on the Lake 

Ø      Number 404835 (temporary number 4335)

Ø      Next of kin given as D Forbes (father) of 103 Galley Ave, Toronto Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Gardiner

o       Later recorded as Bank Clerk

Ø      Previous military service given as Queen’s Own Rifles

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “A” Company


Oct 15, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec


Note that the Embarkation Roll shows his number as 404335.


Oct 25, 1915

Disembarked at Plymouth England and proceeded to the Shorncliffe Camp.  While there, the Battalion was re-designated as the 35th Reserve Battalion


Jan 24, 1916

Admitted to No 2 Military Hospital at Bramshott diagnosed with Influenza


Jan 27, 1916

Transferred to the Isolation Hospital at Aldershot and diagnosis changed to read Cerebro Spinal Meningitis and he was placed on the dangerously ill list


Mar 5, 1916

Removed from the dangerously ill list


May 5, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Bearwood Park, Wokingham


Jun 13, 1916

Discharged from the Convalescent Hospital to duty


Sep 21, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Sep 22, 1916

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Etaples France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Sep 23, 1916

Left the CBD to join his unit


Sep 28, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion had moved into the front line at the Quarry near Regina Trench after a short rest from the fighting at Courcelette.  It is unclear if Pte Forbes went directly into the front line or remained with the rear Details for a period of time


Jan 17, 1917

Received shrapnel wounds to his face and eyes during a trench raid at Calonne.  He was admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) then transferred the same day to No 22 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station).


Jan 20, 1917

Transferred via No 12 AT (Ambulance Train)


Jan 21, 1917

Admitted to No 4 General Hospital at Camiers


Jan 29, 1917

Discharged from hospital to the Base Details


Feb 2, 1917

Arrived at the CBD at Etaples and posted to “A” Company for soldiers recovering from illness and wounds


Feb 21, 1917

Left the CBD for the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Feb 24, 1917

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in the field


Mar 5, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field from the 2nd Entrenching Battalion 

The Battalion was in Divisional Reserve at Bois des Alleux.  While there, they were supplying work parities to assist the Engineers with various tasks that ranged from unloading trucks to repairing the trenches at night.


Jun 10, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Sep 20, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Oct 2, 1917

Returned to duty from leave


Aug 27, 1918

Received shrapnel wounds to his right shoulder during the heavy fighting at the Sensee River near Vis-en-Artois.  He was admitted to the Field Ambulance then transferred to the Casualty Clearing Station.  The same day he was transferred to the No 17 Canadian General Hospital


Aug 29, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Ville de Liege


Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Aug 30, 1918

Admitted the Auxiliary Military Hospital at Tranmere Birkenhead


Sep 10, 1918

Transferred to the 1st Western General Hospital at Liverpool 

The 21st Battalion War Diary announced the awarding of the Military Medal for his “exceptionally good work in connection with the evacuation of wounded during the advance of the Canadian Corps East of Amiens.” 

His rank is shown as Lance Corporal in that entry, however there is no entry in his service file to indicate that his rank was anything but Private


Dec 24, 1918

Transferred to the Granville Hospital at Buxton


Jan 24, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per the London Gazette #31142



Jan 29, 1919

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital at Epsom


Jun 15, 1919

Attached to the CCC (Canadian Concentration Camp) at Kinmel Park and posted to “N” Wing


Jun 21, 1919

Posted to “L” Wing pending return to Canada


Jul 3, 1919

Embarked the Empress of Britain at Liverpool


TOS No 2 District Depot, Toronto Ontario


Jul 10, 1919

Disembarked at Quebec City and proceeded to Toronto Ontario


Jul 12, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Toronto Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued No 228627

Ø      Rank on discharge Pte

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 103 Galley Ave, Toronto Ontario


Aug 16, 1922

The British War Medal and the Victory Medals were sent to him at 103 Galley Ave, Toronto Ontario


Apr 18, 1928

Married to Mary Isabella McDonald at Toronto Ontario 

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