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 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)
SERVICE DETAILS 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.
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.