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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


Forrest C G   Pte    102    Colin Graham          5 Inf Bn    22    Clerk    Single    Pres        

Address:    Ascot Vale, Wigton St, 24   [per 1914 Electoral Roll] 

Next of Kin:    Forrest, M, mother, 75 Cornhill Tce, Leith, SCT    

Enlisted:    18 Aug 1914        

Embarked:     A3 Orvieto 21 Oct 1914

Prior service:     9th Bn Highlanders, Royal Scots (Territorial Force) 1909 to 1912 Resigned to emigrate.

Awards:  Military Cross


Later transferred to 57 Inf Bn, promoted to Lieutenant.


Mentioned in this publication:


Lance-Corporal C. G. Forrest, who was stated       
to have been killed, is reported as wounded. He is   
employed by the North Melbourne and Essendon      
Electric Tramway Company.

The Argus 11 June 1915



Article in Essendon Gazette on 10 June 1915 North Melbourne Electric Tramways and Lighting Company


Recommendation for Military Cross


57th Battalion
2nd Lieutenant Colin Graham FORREST

East of Guedecourt on the night of the 15/16th February 1917, 2nd Lieut FORREST showed great courage in the face of the enemy.  In a minor operation carried out by the Battalion he was in charge of a bombing party of 25 which he handled with great skill after a violent bomb fight lasting for an hour our leading team gave way.  2nd Lieut FORREST and Sergeant MALONE then led the party bombing the enemy back and establishing a block on our objective which was held for 27 hours during which time an enemy counter attack was repelled.  Seven of the enemy were killed on our side of the block, and we were able to connect up a valuable piece of trench.  2nd Lieut FORREST'S work during the operation was worthy of the highest praise.




Died 22 Feb 1920  at Melbourne Hospital of injuries received in a motor cycle accident.  Buried at Coburg Cemetery.

Letter on file notes that he was unmarried, both parents dead, brothers still living in Leith.




Lieutenant Colin Forrest, M.C., aged 36 [sic]  years, died as a result of the motor-cycle which he was riding crashing into a tree at the intersection of St. Kilda and Domain roads. Since his return from the war he had been employed as a clerk in the Railway department:


MOTORING ACCIDENTS. (1920, February 28). The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946), p. 27. Retrieved January 26, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article140237234




Holder of Military Cross Dies.


Injuries which resulted in his death in the Melbourne Hospital early yesterday morning were sustained on Thursday by Lieutenant Colin Forrest, M C, when a motorcycle which he was riding crashed into a tree at the intersection of St Kilda and Domain roads and he was flung on to the roadway. Lieutenant Forrest was taken to the Hospital in a civil ambulance and it was found that his skull had been fractured.


Attached to the 57th Battalion, Lieutenant Forrest served under Brigadier General H E Elliott and was awarded the Military Cross in February 1917 for gallantry displayed in leading a small raiding party against the enemy positions in front of Guedecourt. He was 36 years of age, and since his return from the war had been employed as a clerk in the Railways department. Arrangements are being made by the State commandant for a military funeral.

MOTOR-CYCLE MISHAP. (1920, February 23). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 6. Retrieved January 26, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1678422



It is a cruelly sardonic fate indeed which succors a man through all the elements of barbarism-let-loose (as depicted in the recent great war) and then turns him loose amid supposedly peaceful civilian surroundings where he meets with disaster—and death. Lieutenant Colin Forrest, M.C., who was killed through a collision of his motor cycle with a tree at the junction of St. Kilda-road and  Domain-road, was a member of the 57th Battalion, and won his decoration for gallantry in leading a small raiding party against enemy positions. A fine young man, only 27—a good Australian and a good officer—Lieutenant Forrest is one of those this land of ours can ill afford to lose.

What People are Saying and Doing. (1920, February 26). Table Talk (Melbourne, Vic. : 1885 - 1939), p. 6. Retrieved January 26, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article146689534



War Service Commemorated

Essendon Gazette Roll of Honour Wounded

North Melbourne Electric Tramways and Lighting Company



In Memoriam


FORREST- At Melbourne Hospital, on the 22nd

February Colin Graham Forrest (late Lieut MC

57th Batt), second son of Mrs Forrest, Leith

Scotland, dearly loved friend of Mrs Downie

and Family, "Rosslyn", 90 Vine St, Moonee Ponds

As Loved, so mourned  


FORREST -On the 22nd February, at the Melbourne

Hospital result of motor vehicle accident,   Colin

Graham Forrest M C (late 57th Battalon, A I F ),

second son of the late Thomas Forrest,  

Marine Engineer, and Mrs M G Forrest. of  

Leith Scotland, aged 27 years  

Sadly missed, deeply mourned

-(Inserted by his loving friends, Mr and Mrs    

Downie, 58 Emmaline street, Carlton)  


FORREST-On the 22nd February at Melbourne

Hospital (the result of an accident), Colin Graham

Forrest, second son of Mrs Forrest,  Cornhill

Terrace, Leith, Scotland, much loved friend of

Mr and Mrs Glen and family, 66 Northcote road,



FORREST -On the 22nd February 1920, it the    

Melbourne Hospital, result of accident, Colin G    

Forrest (late Lieut 57th Battalion AIF), much      

loved and respected friend of Mr and Mrs      

Gregor Wood, Malvern road, Toorak


Family Notices. (1920, February 24). The Argus

Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 1.


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