2nd Lt
George Leslie Fresson Forshaw

Information about birth

Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Georgetown, British Guiana

General information

Last known residence:
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Army information

England, United Kingdom
British Expeditionary Force
Second Lieutenant
Enlistment date:
 —  Lancashire Fusiliers, 3rd/5th Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Zonnebeke Château Grounds, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Perth Cemetery (China Wall)
Plot: V
Row: J
Grave: 3

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 3

#1 Place of birth
#2 Last known residence
#3 ‘Place of death’

My story

George Leslie Fresson Forshaw was born on May 13, 1895 in Georgetown, British Guiana. He was the son of Edward Roney Forshaw (a former barrister, born in Demerara, British Guiana) and Augusta Maud Forshaw (born in Worthing, West Sussex, England). His grandfather, George Anderson Forshaw, was the mayor of Georgetown, British Guiana (to whom Forshaw Street still refers to). His parents got married in Kent, England on August 11, 1894 and then moved to British Guiana. After finishing his education at Queens College, Georgetown, British Guiana, George worked in Georgetown at the Archiepiscopal at Bishop’s Court and at the Magistrate’s Court. Later, he moved to Montreal, Canada where he worked at a farm (with a malfunctioning heart valve he was advised to do a lot of physical work). He served in the Canadian Expeditionary forces (as a Lance Sergeant in the 117th Battalion Canadian Infantry). He arrived in England in August 1916, and later joined the Lancashire Fusiliers, 3/5th Battalion, part of the 197th (Lancashire Fusiliers) Brigade of the 66th (2nd East Lancashire) Division. His brother Lionel escorted him to the embarkation and his last words were “Goodbye old chap, we won’t see each other again”.

On November 19, 1917, the Battalion was relieved by the 198th Infantry Brigade and withdrawn to Ypres. During the night, there was heavy enemy shelling.

George Leslie Fresson, aged 22, was killed in action on November 19, 1917. He died due to shell fire on the trenches he was in, while laying duckboard tracks, possibly during the night. Second Lieutenant Forshaw was initially buried where he fell, near De Knoet Farm (28.D.28.b.20.30). After the war, his remains were exhumed and reinterred in the Perth China Wall Cemetery, Plot V, Row J, Grave 3.

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Sources 4

3/5th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), WO 95/3137/2).
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Census Returns of England and Wales, 1911 (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), RG14).
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Picture George Leslie Fresson Forshaw, Find-A-Grave
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War Office: Soldiers’ Documents, First World War (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), WO 363).
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