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William Leslie FORREST

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Surname: FORREST

Forename(s): William Leslie

Place of Birth: Keighley, Yorkshire

Service No: 64104

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 1st Battalion

Division: 6th Division

Age: 18

Date of Death: 1918-10-08

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: VI. B. 31.

CWGC Cemetery: BUSIGNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)

Additional Information:

William Leslie Forrest (born 7 January 1900) was the son of Sam Thornton and Elizabeth Forrest, née Braithwaite. Both parents were born at Bradford, Yorkshire.

1901 Keighley, Yorkshire Census: 28, Peel Place, William L. Forrest, aged 1 year, born Keighley, son of Sam and Elizabeth Forrest.

1911 Steeton, Yorkshire Census: Nutt Head Cottage - William Leslie Forrest, aged 11 years, born Keighley, Yorkshire, son of Sam Thornton and Elizabeth Forrest.

The British Army Service Record for William Leslie Forrest exists but may be incomplete. [Only one page seems to have survived.]

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Wm. L. Forrest, 64101, West Yorkshire Regiment.

William is commemorated in the 'City of Bradford Great War 1914-1918 Roll of Honour'.

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

FOREST, Leslie, formerly of Nutt Head, Steeton, killed in action.

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Private William Leslie FORREST

Private William Leslie FORREST

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 6th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 6th Division

Data from Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 - 1919 Records

Soldiers Died Data for Soldier Records

Surname: FORREST

Forename(s): William Leslie

Born: Keighley, Yorks

Residence:

Enlisted: Bradford

Number: 64104

Rank: Private

Regiment: Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 08/10/18

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: FORREST

Forename(s): William Leslie

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 64104

Rank: Private

Regiment: West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)

Unit: 1st Bn.

Age: 18

Awards:

Died Date: 08/10/1918

Additional Information: Son of Sam T. and Elizabeth Forrest, of 8, Southgate, Thornton Rd., Bradford, Yorks. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: WORTHY OF EVERLASTING LOVE)

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Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard Logo

01 November 1918

STEETON-WITH-EASTBURN – Former Steeton Family's Loss

The sad news reached Steeton last weekend that Private Leslie Forrest, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Thornton Forrest, now of Bradford, and formerly of Nut Head, Steeton, had fallen in action. Private Forrest was an old Steeton Council School boy, and on his last leave a few weeks back renewed acquaintance with his Steeton friends. Nineteen years of age, the young soldier, who was a youth of promise, had, when called to the Colours, been appointed as a traveller by Messrs. Hardman and Baxter, wholesale millinery salesmen, Bradford.

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