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George Francis Reginald Forbes

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Town/Village: Fyefield Manor, Abingdon, Berkshire, England
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Alternative Address: Castle Forbes, Newtownforbes
Census 1901:
Census 1911: Residing at St. Annes, Alderney, Bailiwick, Channel Islands.
Regiment/Unit: Royal Irish Regiment
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Date of Death: 17-03-1915
Cause: Died of wounds, Bailleul.
Memorial: Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord), France

A grandson of the 6th Earl of Granard, George was born in Curragh, Kildare 6 September 1866. He later married Agnes Margaret Forbes 4 August 1904 at Winsor, and had a son Walter Arthur Hastings Forbes, December 1905.

He commanded the 1st Battalion, the Royal Irish Regiment. Gazetted 2nd lieutenant in the Royal Irish Regiment (which was raised by the 1st Earl of Granard in 1684) from the Militia, 6 July 1889. He was then promoted to lieutenant, 25 March 1891; captain, 30 January 1895; major, 7 September 1904; and lieutenant colonel 12 March 1912.

He served through the Tirah Campaign, 1897-8, including operations on the Samana, and received the medal with two clasps. George was adjutant of the Bombay-Baroda Railway Volunteers, 17 May, 1899 to 16 May 1904, and staff captain, No 12 (South Down) District 1 June 1905 to 31 May 1909.

He succeeded to the command of the 1st Battalion while in India on 12 March 1912. With the outbreak of war George was moved to France on 18 December 1914. He died at Bailleul three days after being wounded at St Eloi.


Parents Names: Son of Col. The Hon. William Francis Forbes D.L. and Phyllis Rowe

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