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Able Seaman James Forsyth

Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve "Hawke" Battalion Royal Naval Division
Service No: Clyde Z/4515

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Family Information

Son of William and Susan Forsyth. James' father was a Colliery Fireman. James' brother AB William Forsyth died aboard H.M.S. "Natal" on the 30/12/1915. Another brother Henry was also with the Royal Naval Division. From the 1901 Census - Address - 112 Whifflet St, Coatbridge - William Forsyth aged 43, Susan Forsyth aged 43, Agnes Forsyth aged 17, Henry Forsyth aged 13, George Forsyth aged 10, James Forsyth aged 8, William Forsyth aged 3, James' fathers mother-in-law Ann Graham aged 79.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 17 Coathill St, Coatbridge.


Died on the 06/06/1918 of Broncho Pneumonia at home (17 Coathill St, Coatbridge)




Miner with the Hutton Rig Coal Company, Bellshill.


25 / DOB - 24/02/1893

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Additional Information

James' listing by the Royal Naval Division Casualties of the Great War - Cause of Death : Died at 6.30am at home address, 17 Coathill St, Coatbridge, from Broncho Pneumonia (14 days) whilst demobilised to Civil Employment. Service History: Enlisted 20/05/1915 ; Draft for MEF 5/10/15, joined Hawke Bn. 25/10/1915 - 26/07/1916 Disordered Action of the Heart, Invalided to UK 01/08/1916 (Bronchitis) ; 20/03/1917 Demobilised under ACI.185 to the Hutton Rigg Coal Company, Bellshill, Lanark (Miner). Notes : Not listed by the CWGC (those who died after discharge to civil employment do not qualify for CWGC status) ; A Miner ; born 24/02/1893 ; Next-of-Kin & home address: Father, William, 19 Coathill St., Whifflet, Coatbridge ; 29/09/1919 Informed by Brother (Henry G. Forsyth, 42 South Main St., Whifflet, Coatbridge) Rating "Died 06/06/1918" ; 08/10/1919 Death Cert. received Died 06/06/1918. Broncho Pneumonia ; Brother of Clyde Z/5693 Able Seaman William Forsyth RNVR, Killed in H.M.S. "Natal" 30/12/1915. ; GROS data = 652/020310, age 25, Coal Miner (Able Seaman 3rd Hawke Battalion. RND), Son of William (Colliery Fireman) & Susan Forsyth (nee Graham), both deceased. James is also remembered on the 1st Boys Brigade Roll of Honour. See Directory for James' brother Able Seaman William Forsyth's page. See photos for James' Naval Medal Roll.

James Forsyth remembered at home

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