1. Memorial:Thiepval Memorial, PicardieP&F 1D 8B & 8C
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.122
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour22D GQS
4. Memorial:Liverpool Masonic Hall War MemorialCol.1. Hope St.

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Family :

Son of Edward and Margaret Forrest.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 19/The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 

19th (Service) Battalion (3rd City) Formed in Liverpool on 29 August 1914 by Lord Derby, in the old watch factory at Prescot. 30 April 1915 : attached to 89th Brigade, 30th Division. Landed at Boulogne in November 1915. 14 May 1918 : reduced to cadre strength. 19 June 1918 : attached to 66th (2nd East Lancashire) Division and absorbed by 14th Battalion.

Action : France & Flanders 

France & Flanders covers all the dates and corresponding locations which are outside the official battle nomenclature dates on the Western Front. Therefore the actions in which these men died could be considered 'normal' trench duty - the daily attrition losses which were an everyday fact of duty on the Western Front.

His service number is recorded on the Liverpool Masonic War Memorial as 17580 and fortunately his attestation exist having survived being burned in WW2.

It shows that Ernest Forrest (he didn't use Gilbert as his second name) attested and signed up for duty with the K.L.C.B. (King's Liverpool City Battalion), on the 11th September 1914. The attestation is for one year, but this has been over-stamped with "3 years General Service." He conducted the duties of training and Home Service for 1 year 266 days with the 3rd City Battalion before being embarked to France from Folkestone where he spent another 1 year 323 days from November 1915 with the British Expeditionary Force serving with the 19th King's Liverpool Regiment.

An annotation on his service record shows that he was "missing", repeated in the log of his service initially serving the 3rd Battalion and then the 19th. The date of his going missing was 30th July 1917, followed closely by a further entry (obscured), but alludes to his death having been "witnessed."

Probate FORREST Ernest of 208 Alderson-road Wavertree Liverpool lance-corporal 19 battalion K.L.R. died on or since 30 July 1916 in France or in Belgium Probate Liverpool 18 February to Margaret Annie Forrest spinster. Effects £52 2s. 7d.

For his service he was awarded the 1914-1915 Star together with the British War and Victory medals.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Hamer No. 1393 E.C.West Lancashire

22nd March 1912
26th April 1912
24th May 1912

Estate Agent, Liverpool at his initiation in 1912. The contribution record of the Lodge at the United Grand Lodge of England shows his war service and that he "Died 6th May/16," which is at odds with other dates.

Commemorated on the Liverpool Masonic War Memorial.

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