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Captain, Royal Army Medical Corps.

Died on Sunday 13th September 1914, near SerchesAge 35.

Buried at Vailly British Cemetery, France, grave ref. II. G. 6.

Former student of Medicine.

Frank Forrest


 

Frank Forrest was born on the 21st May 1879 in Blackburn. His father was a doctor. Sources differ on whether he attended Blackburn Grammar School or Clitheroe Grammer School, perhaps both. He entered Owens College in 1895 to study medicine. He was part of the College football team.

Frank gained the English Conjoint diplomas M.R.C.S. Eng. and L.R.C.P Lond. in 1904 following which he was an assistant house surgeon at North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary, Stoke-on-Trent.

In January 1906 he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps with the rank of Lieutenant, being promoted in July 1909 to Captain. Before the First World War he was stationed at the Royal Army Medical College attached to Irish Command. He was a member of the Junior Army and Navy Club where he was a keen sportsman being very good at football, cricket, billiards, and winning many lawn tennis cups.

Frank married Maud, the daughter of John and Amelia Child, in September 1913. They had no children.

Captain Forrest was an officer in No. 5 Cavalry Field Ambulance, 2nd Cavalry Division. On the morning of 13th September the unit was located near Ciry, France, on the west side of the river Vesle. The area was reported to be unsafe and the ambulance left for nearby Serches. On reaching the top of the hill on the road to Serches they came under heavy shell fire and Captain Forrest was killed.

Captain Forrest is believed to be the first Manchester University medical student to be killed in the Great War.