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FORBES, FREDERICK

Frederick William Duncan Forbes was a trooper in the fifth New Zealand contingent to the Boer war, South Africa. He died on board s. s. Tagus on 12 July 1901.

The Otago Witness 17 July 1901 reported 'BACK FROM THE WAR, THE TAGUS AT THE HEADS, Troopship Tagus with returning members of the fourth and fifth contingents arrived off Otago Heads on Wednesday………' and gave the following death notice on p 51: 'On the 12th July, on board the troopship Tagus(of pneumonia), Frederick William (fifth contingent), only son of the late William Duncan and Mary Forbes, of Perthshire, Scotland, aged 24 years. Deeply regretted.'

The following poem was also submitted:

GUNNER F W FORBES

A tired trooper, bold and brave

Now rests his wearied feet

And in the shelter of his grave

Has found a safe retreat

No more the trumpets piercing breath -

Him to arms will call in vain

He's quartered in the arms of death -

He will never march again.

- A FELLOW COMRADE(E. L. )

Researched by C Begg

Monumental Inscription


IN MEMORY OF
FREDERICK WILLIAM DUNCAN FORBES
TROOPER IN THE 5th NZ CONTINGENT
TO SOUTH AFRICA
WHO DIED AT PORT CHALMERS
ON BOARD THE S.S. TAGUS
ON THE 12th JULY 1901.
ALSO
IN MEMORY OF HIS MOTHER
MARY AITKEN
WIDOW OF
WILLIAM FORBES
WRITER EDINBURGH, BURIED HERE

THEY LIE IN A GOOD FOLD
EZEK.34.14



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