Names on East Knoyle War Memorial

Gerald Sidney Forward

Surname: Forward
Other names: Gerald Sidney
Other people in this story:
Sidney Forward
Lucy Forward née Matthews
Bertha Forward née Mallett
Locations in this story:
Zeals, Wiltshire
Farnham, Surrey
St Mary's Church, East Knoyle, Wiltshire
White Cross, Zeals, Wiltshire
Colchester Military Hospital , Essex
Aldershot, Hampshire
East Knoyle, Wiltshire

Gerald Sidney Forward was born in Zeals, Wiltshire, on 18th July, 1889, and baptised there on 29th 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 in the Farnham, Surrey area.

On 30th July, 1916 Gerald married Bertha Mallett at St. Mary's Church, East Knoyle, Wiltshire. 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. A search of the Medal Index has failed to find if any medals were issued in his name.

  • East Knoyle War Memorial

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Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives