George Edward Gibson FORMAN

Royal Highlanders (Black Watch), 1st Btn  

Rank & Number:   

22 April 1892; Struan, Bearsden, New

                     06 April 1964; Cullipool, Luing, Kilchattan,

Brother of Arthur Forman
                              Brother-in-law of Charles Grant Tennant

GEORGE EDWARD GIBSON FORMAN was born 22 Apr 1892 in Struan, Bearsden, New Kilpatrick, to parents Charles de Neuville Forman, a civil engineer, and Annabella Blyth Gibson (who were married in Govan, Glasgow on 13 Sep 1880).  He died at his home in Cullipool, Luing, Kilchattan, Argyll on 06 Apr 1964 (aged 71, married, Director engineer ret.), and is buried at Lochgoilhead.  

On 14 Dec 1916 at Fairlie Parish Church, he married Henrietta Beatrice Grant Tennant (aged 24, Captain, Black Watch; res Fairlie Lodge).  

His grandfather James Richardson Forman co-founded the Glasgow engineering firm Forman & McCall, which specialised in railway engineering.  Edward’s father, Charles de Neuville Forman, who was the engineer on the West Highland Railway and Glasgow Central Railway, became a partner in the firm in 1876.  The elder Forman died in 1900, and his son in Switzerland the following year.  The firm continued with various partners until 1949, when it was taken over by Crouch & Hogg.  

He is the nephew of Miss Blanche H. Forman of Fairlie Lodge, Fairlie.  

In the 1911 Census, George, aged 18, is a pupil at Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh    

Named in the Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald Roll of Honour printed in Dec 1914 (Forman, Lt. G.E.G., Fairlie Lodge, Fairlie, Black Watch).  His medal index card shows first entry into theatre of war was France on 15 May 1915.  On 13 Nov 1915, the Largs & Millport Weekly News reported that a collection of war trophies on display in the window of C.H. McNair & Sons (a German officer’s helmet and linen cover, a German rifle, and an “oyster” bomb), had been brought direct from the field of battle by Captain G. Forman, who was home on short leave.  In July 1916 he was invalided home from France suffering from a severe attack of malaria contracted in the trenches.  He received the 1914-15 Star and the British War and Victory medals. 

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-  

14 August 1915          

Lieut. G. Forman, Black Watch, who received promotion shortly since, arrived at Fairlie Lodge on Monday on a few days leave from the fighting in Flanders.  

30 October 1915        
Captain G. Forman, who received his promotion recently is also home for a few days.  

13 November 1915
Quite a collection of war trophies on view this week in Messrs. C.H. McNair & Sons window, Fairlie.  ....  Other articles are a German officer’s “silver” helmet complete with linen cover, a German rifle, and an “oyster” bomb.  These were brought direct from the field of battle by Captain G. Forman, who was home on short leave.  

27 November 1915
There is a double engagement in the family of Mr. & Mrs. James Tennant of Fairlieburn, Fairlie …… and Miss Henrietta Beatrice Grant, fourth daughter, is engaged to Captain George E.G. Forman, 1st Battalion Black Watch, youngest son of the late Mr. Charles de N. Forman, CE.  

27 July 1916
Captain George Forman, Fairlie Lodge, arrived home on sick leave from France at the end of last week.  Captain Forman has been suffering from a severe attack of malaria contracted in the trenches.  He is, however, making a good recovery and expects to be able soon to return and continue to do his bit.  

14 November 1916     
The marriage arranged between Captain George E.G. Forman, Black Watch, and Henrietta Beatrice Grant, fourth daughter of Mr and Mrs James Tennant, Fairlie, will take place at Fairlie on Thursday, December 14th.  

23 December 1916   
A Fairlie Wedding:  The marriage of Miss Beatrice G. Tennant, fourth daughter of Mr. and Mrs James Tennant, Fairlieburne, Fairlie, to Captain George E. Gibson Forman, Black Watch, newphew of Miss Forman, Fairlie Lodge, took place in Fairlie Parish Church on Thursday last. 

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