Forster, John Gregory

He was the eldest son of William Forster, the 4th Premier of New South Wales, Australia, who died in 1882.  In addition to being a politician, he was a writer and poet who at the time of his eldest son’s birth was living in London as Agent General for New South Wales.  He married twice.  His second wife, the mother of John Gregory Forster and his two brothers, was Maude Julia Evans whom he married in New South Wales in 1873.  His younger brothers, both of whom went to Eton, also died during the war:   Captain Herbert Cyril Forster (1878-1915) Royal Fusiliers and Norfolk Regiment, twice mentioned in despatches, was killed in action on 25th May 1915 and Captain Lionel Archibald Forster (1879-1914) Cheshire Regiment, died of wounds whilst a prisoner of war on 4th November 1914.

He came to Winchester from Mr. Malan’s school at Sandhurst.

After he left school, he served in the Boer War with the Cheshire Yeomanry. The start of the First World War found him in Canada where he was Superintendent of Stables for the Hudson Bay Company, and living in Winnipeg. He at once enlisted in Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and, applying later for a commission, was gazetted to the 1/5th (City of London) Battalion (London Rifle Brigade), London Regiment. He was twice wounded and in January 1917 received the M.C. He then joined 7th (City of London) Battalion, London Regiment – which was formed from 1/7th and 2/7th battalions in February 1918 – with which he served for the remainder of the war. A Bar to his M.C. was awarded him in June 1918, for conspicuous gallantry and skill in assuming command of the battalion in action and holding his ground.

He died on October 2nd 1918, at Boisleux-St. Marc, of wounds received during the closing stages of the Allied advance, probably in the fighting around Epehy in mid-September. Aged forty-one at his death, he lies in grave III.E.12 of the Sunken Road Cemetery, Boisleux-St. Marc.


War: World War 1

  • Surname: Forster
  • Forenames or initials: John Gregory
  • House: F
  • Years in School: 1890-1893
  • Rank: Major
  • Regiment: London Rifle Brigade (London Regiment)
  • Date of Birth: 22nd December 1876
  • Date of Death: 2nd October 1918
  • How Died: Died of wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer H5
  • Decoration: M.C. & Bar