Other names: Gerald Sidney
Locations in this story: Zeals, WiltshireHomeSt Mary's Church, East Knoyle, Wiltshire White Cross, Zeals, WiltshireColchester Military Hospital , EssexAldershot, HampshireShaftesbury
Story: Gerald Sidney Forward was born in Zeals, Wiltshire, on 18th July, 1889, and baptised there on 27th August 1889. He was the son of Sidney Forward, a carpenter, and Lucy Forward (nee Matthews). Lucy died in the same period as Gerald's birth possibly due to complications and by 1911 his father had remarried and moved to Aldershot, Hampshire. At the time of the 1911 Census, he was living at White Cross, Zeals, Wiltshire. His father, Sidney, died in 1914. On 30th July, 1916 he married Bertha Mallett at St. Mary's Church, East Knoyle, Wiltshire. There was one daughter, Mary G. Forward, of the marriage born in 1918. He enlisted in Shaftesbury as a Private and joined the Suffolk Regiment (Service No. 5710). He later transferred to the 52nd Battalion of the South Wales Borderers (New Service No. 4/64728). He died from unknown causes at Colchester Military Hospital, Essex, on 10th November 1918 and was buried in the cemetery extension at St Mary's Church, East Knoyle, Wiltshire (grave id. 240). He is remembered on the East Knoyle War Memorial. (NB Currently there are no Medal records found).