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K/27693   Stoker 1st Class John Forrest
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/12/2015
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: HMS Hampshire, Royal Navy (British Navy)
Date Of Birth: 24/04/1892
Died: 05/06/1916 (Died at Sea)
Age: 24
John Forrest was the son of John and Rachel Forrest, High Cross, Tullyhogue, Cookstown. John had gone to work in the United States of America for a few years before returning to Britain in January 1915 when he was employed in Scotland. He joined the Royal Navy in August 1915 and received his training in Portsmouth. He later qualified as a 1st Class Stoker and was posted to H.M.S Victory and later joined H.M.S Hampshire in early 1916. H.M.S Hampshire struck a mine off the Orkney Isles and was sunk on 5th June 1916, taking the lives of 643 sailors including John Forrest and James Devlin (stoker) from Killeenan, Kildress, Cookstown, and Earl Lord Kitchener who was travelling to Russia on Diplomatic Duties.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Portsmouth Naval Memorial
  Portsmouth, Hampshire, 
Grave Ref: Panel 18
CWGC Casualty 2876814
The Memorial is situated on Southsea Common overlooking the promenade, and is accessible at all times. A copy of the Memorial Register is kept at the Civic Offices in Guildhall Square and may be consulted there.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Donaghendry Church Of Ireland Roll Of Honour WWI Stewartstown
2 Stewartstown Cenotaph -- WWI Stewartstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 123
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Forrest family 1901 census lists John as age 9 at house 1 in Highcross, Tullaghoge
2 1911 Census lists Forrest family 1911 census lists John as age 18 at house 1 in Highcross, Tullaghoge
3 James Devlin Also on HMS Hampshire
4 National Archives UK - Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services card can be purchased here