HMS Redoubtable (formerly the Royal Sovereign class pre-Dreadnought HMS Revenge) firing on German positions in Belgium in 1915. She has flooded several of her anti torpedo blisters to give the ship a list so as to increase gun elevation/range
Informal portrait of 66 Private (Pte) George Forrest, 34th Battalion, of West Maitland, NSW; formerly of County Tyrone, Ireland.
Pte Forrest was a labourer prior to enlisting in January 1916 and, as stated on his enlistment papers, a member of A Battery, NSW, for 19 years. Pte Forrest gave his age at enlistment as 45 years, but he was in fact 59.
He had served in the Colonial Military Forces in NSW from 1883 and, as 1090 Driver George Forrest, served in an artillery unit in the Sudan from March to June 1885. From 1899 until 1902, 1090 Gunner Forrest served in South Africa with A Battery Royal Australian Artillery.
On 2 May 1916, Pte Forrest embarked from Sydney on board HMAT Hororata (A20) and arrived for service on the Western Front in November 1916.
He was killed in action by a shell explosion at Messines, Belgium, shortly after commencement of the attack on 7 June 1917. He was 60 years of age.
From AWM: "Australian light horsemen riding Waler horses. The soldiers are of the original contingent of the Australian Imperial Force and the photo was taken prior to their departure from Australia in November 1914. The soldier on the right is Trooper William Harry Rankin Woods, 1st Light Horse Regiment, who died of wounds on 15 May 1915, one of the first light horsemen to die during the Battle of Gallipoli."
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