34th Battalion, Australian Infantry (Australian Army)
George Forrest hailed from Stewartstown, County Tyrone. George enlisted on 19 January 1916 with A company 34 Battalion of the Australian Infantry. Forrest was a labourer prior to enlisting in January 1916 and, as stated on his enlistment papers, a member of A Battery, New South Wales, for 19 years and on active service in South Africa. George was a 45 year old labourer, but he was in fact 59 years old. He was a widower. 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 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.