David Forrest

Name: David Alexander Forrest

Rank: Private

Service Number:1677

Units Served: 50th Battalion

Personal Details:David Alexander was the son of David and Elizabeth Forrest, he was born at Stansbury, in South Australia.

Enlistment Details: David enlisted on March 1st 1916. When enlisted David was 22 years old, he was posted to 2nd Reinforcement of the 50th Battalion.

Details about his role in War: David embarked at Adelaide per A60 “Aeneas” on the 11th April 1916. David’s battalion, the 50th arrived in France on the 11th of June 1916. The 50th fought their first major battle at Mouquet Farm in August, the battalion suffered greatly. David was involved in the war for 5 months until he was killed in action on 16th August 1916. His remains were never recovered or identified after the war and he is remembered on the walls of the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux

Age at Death: 22

Memorial Details: Villers- Bretonneux Memorial

Interesting Material: On the 30th May 1916, David was taken on strength of 50th Battalion.



Commemorated by


Kate Ford

2nd December 2008