34th Battalion, Australian Infantry (Australian Army)
07/06/1917 (Killed in Action)
George Forrest hailed from Stewartstown, County Tyrone. George enlisted on 19th January 1916 with the Australian Infantry. Forrest was a labourer prior to enlisting. He had been in the army for many years. He served as batman to Captain H W Matthews throughout the South African War. Private George Forrest was killed in action by a shell explosion at Messines, Belgium, shortly after commencement of the attack on 7 June 1917. He was about 60 years of age.
Ypres (now Ieper) is a town in the Province of West Flanders. The Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town on the road to Menin (Menen) and Courtrai (Kortrijk). Each night at 8 pm the traffic is stopped at the Menin Gate while members of the local Fire Brigade sound the Last Post in the roadway under the Memorial's arches.