William Forsyth 1890-1970
1091 Serjeant W. Forsyth, 18/DLI was born in 1890 at North Heaton near Newcastle to William and Sarah, father was a teacher/headmaster. 1891 & 1901: lived at Emphington, Rutland. 1909-11: Bede College, Durham [teacher training college]. 1914: employed at Cockfield Council School. December 1914: joined 18/DLI and was posted to Egypt [December 1915] and France [March 1916]. 1 July 1916: severely wounded, treated at 2nd Western General Hospital, Manchester and discharged October 1916. May 1917 transferred to 2nd Training Reserve Battalion, promoted to Acting Serjeant then school master 53rd [Young Soldier] Bn. DLI. He was demobilized February 1919. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory medals. 1918: married Gwendoline Masters and taught at Cockfield until 1924 then took over as Headmaster at his father’s school in Rutland. 1970: died aged 80.