Joseph Wilson FORREST

Regiment:               Royal Engineers  

Rank & Number:     
Sapper, 302099  

03 July 1891; Castlebank, Fairlie  

                        1982; Peebles  


JOSEPH WILSON FORREST was born 03 Jul 1891 in Castlebank, Fairlie, to parents Thomas, a railway station master) & Euphemia Browning (who were married in Gorbals, Glasgow on 29 Dec 1885).  He died, aged 90, in Peebles in 1982.  

In the 1901 Census, Joseph, aged 9, is living Castlebank, Fairlie with parents Thomas (45, b. Dumfriesshire, station master) and Euphemia (43, b. Glasgow), and siblings Euphemia (14, b. Kilmacolm) and James (12, b. Kilmacolm)  

In the 1911 Census, he is aged 19 and a railway clerk, living Castlebank, Fairlie with parents Thomas (55, stationmaster) and Euphemia (53, married 25 years, 3 children), and siblings Euphemia (23) and James (22)    

On 8 Dec 1917 the Largs & Millport Weekly News reported that he had been stationed at Bedford (training camp) for five months and would shortly leave for the front.  A year later, on 14 Dec 1918, he’s reported as being home on leave from France, where he’s had many exciting experiences.  He received the British War and Victory medals.

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-  

8 December 1917       

Pioneer Joseph Forrest, R.E., who has been stationed at Bedford for the past five months was home for the weekend on leave.  He returned to his unit on Tuesday and will leave for the front shortly.  The best of luck to him.  

14 December 1918
Pioneer Joseph Forrest, R.E., son of Mr. Forrest, stationmaster, who has been in France for considerable time and has had many exciting experiences, arrived home at the end of last week for a well-earned 14 days’ leave.  

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