Gnr
Hugh Douglas Forde

Information about birth

Date of birth:
4/12/1895
Place of birth:
Ellerslie, Auckland, New Zealand

General information

Profession:
Clerk

Army information

Country:
New Zealand
Force:
New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Rank:
Gunner
Service number:
13505
Enlistment date:
09/02/1916
Enlistment place:
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Units:
 —  New Zealand Field Artillery, 16th Bty. 3rd Bde.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
26/10/1917
Place of death:
No. 3 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Nine Elms, Poperinge, Belgium
Cause of death:
Died of wounds (D.O.W.)
Age:
22

Cemetery

Nine Elms British Cemetery
Plot: 6
Row: E
Grave: 15

Distinctions and medals 2

British War Medal
Medal — 12/10/1921
Victory Medal
Medal — 23/08/1922

Points of interest 2

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place

My story

Gunner Forde Hugh Douglas (4th Battery, 3th Brigade New Zealand Royal Field Artillery, Divisional Toorps, New Zealand Division) suffered a wound to his right hand and thigh due to German shelling on the 25th October 1917. The New Zealand artillery had moved their guns forward to the positions near Winnipeg-Kansas Cross Roads. Guns were also placed at Schuler Farm and Spree Farm. German artillery and bombers shelled these positions regularly. Gunner Forde was taken to the 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station (C.C.S.), where he died of his wounds the next day. He was buried at Nine Elms British Cemetery. On his Service Record it is first mentioned that he was buried at 27.L.22.d.6.3. which corresponds with Lijssenthoek Cemetery and Remy Siding. On the next line Nine Elms is mentioned, so we presume that the first coordinate was an error.

Connection to other soldiers 1

Files 1

Sources 5

" New Zealand Artillery in the Field 1914-1918 ", Byrne J.R., Eastbourne, Antony Rowe Ltd., 1920, pg. 196 -198.
Sources used
Ancestry
http://www.ancestry.co.uk
Further reference
CENOTAPH
http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/war-memorial/online-cenotaph/record/C5009?n=13505&ordinal=0&from=%2Fwar-memorial%2Fonline-cenotaph%2Fsearch
Sources used
CWGC
http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/136669/FORDE,%20HUGH%20DOUGLAS
Sources used
The Long Long Trail
http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/order-of-battle-of-divisions/
Sources used