Rank: Private
Service No: 10753
Date of Death: 16-10-17
Regiment/Service: Honourable Artillery Company 2nd Bn.
Grave Reference: I. O. 24

Additional Information:

Born in 1881 at Silvertown, son of Robert (Finance Clerk to a Soap Manufacturer) and Eliza Forfar. 1901: A Clerk, living with his family at Knights Road West Ham. 1911: A Bank Clerk with the National Provincial & Union Bank of England, living with his family at 16 New Fillebrook Road Leytonstone.

In 1912 he married Lauretta Hill at St Andrew’s Church Plaistow, and they had two children. Their homes were at 3, Barfeld Villas, George Lane, South Woodford, and “The Burr”, 17 Hillcrest Road South Woodford.

He attested on 10-12-15, was mobilised on 25-04-17, and arrived at Le Havre on 18-07-17. The attack on Reutel began at 05.30 on 09-10-17, intending to straighten out the salient and capture Judge Copse, Judge Cottage and Reutel Village – the latter being the task of 2 HAC. Movement was difficult because the area was described as a vast sea of mud, and within minutes German artillery was taking a heavy toll among the attackers, supplemented by machine gun fire from Judge Copse. During the engagement Sidney Forfar sustained shrapnel wounds to his head and face from which he died, probably at 41 Casualty Clearing Station, on 16-10-17.

Memorial: Roll of Honour: St Mary’s Church.
Separate Folder: NO.
Principal Sources: Ancestry. Regimental History.
Qualification: Borough Resident.