Serj. William Forsyth

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.

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William Forsyth