Regiment: Royal Highlanders (Black Watch), 1st Btn
Rank & Number: Captain
Born: 22 April 1892; Struan, Bearsden, New Kilpatrick
Died: 06 April 1964; Cullipool, Luing, Kilchattan, Argyll
Other: Brother of Arthur Forman Brother-in-law of Charles Grant Tennant
GEORGE EDWARD GIBSON FORMANwas 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
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
In the 1911 Census, George, aged 18, is a pupil at Merchiston Castle
SERVICE DETAILS 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
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