Forrest, S B - Byker Bank - 5 Mar 1915

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    This photograph was published in the Illustrated Chronicle on the ? of March 1915. During the Great War the Illustrated Chronicle published photographs of soldiers and sailors from Newcastle and the North East of England, which had been in the news. The photographs were sent in by relatives and give us a glimpse into the past. The physical collection held by Newcastle Libraries comprises bound volumes of the newspaper from 1910 to 1925. We are keen to find out more about the people in the photographs. If you recognise anyone in the images please comment below. Copies of this photograph may be ordered from us, for more information see:" > Please make a note of the image reference number above to help speed up your order.
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    IllustratedChronicles (Flickr)
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    What does this mean? Public Domain Mark
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    Resource type: Image
    Last modified: 3 years, 5 months ago
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    Picture Taken: Unknown
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  • ss on Oct. 29, 2019, 10:48 p.m.

    This is my Great Uncle Samuel Boustead Forrest born in 1892 to James Rendell Forrest and Ellen Forrest nee Watson who had died when Samuel was 7 years old.
    Samuel joined the 2nd battalion Northumberland Fusiliers as a regular prior to World War I and served in India before being posted to Flanders on declaration of war. He died on 16th February 1915 and is buried in the Ypres town Extension cemetery which my brother and I visited on the centenary of his death.
    His death directly resulted in my grandfather Stephen Ridley Forrest immediately joining the Northumberland Fusiliers underage at 16 years old to avenge his brother. My Grandfather served with the 11th battalion on the Somme and at Ypres where won the Military Medal for gallantry at the Battle of the Menin Rd in September 1917 . and in Italy fighting at the Battle of the Piave against the Austrians. He continued to serve between the wars in the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers and was called up in March 1939 and was in the BEF in France the day WWII was declared. Evacuated from Brest he served in North Africa and ended the war as Regimental Sergeant Major in the Royal Engineers.

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