Forbes, Herbert (No. 104788)

Forbes, Herbert


No. 104788, 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion

Died on Sunday 3 December 1916 (aged 28)


Louez Military Cemetery, Duisans, France (Grave I.H.7)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Canadian Virtual War Memorial (Internet)

Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance

Family grave headstone in St Malachy’s Church of Ireland Graveyard, Hillsborough


Herbert Forbes was a schoolboy in 1901 when the Forbes family was living in Ardmore Terrace, Holywood.

Herbert Forbes was born on 24 February 1888 in Carrickfergus, and he was a son of William Cairns Forbes and Honor (sometimes Nora) Forbes (nee McAuliffe, sometimes McAuliff) who were married on 4 December 1878 in St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Church, Jordanstown.  William Cairns Forbes, a gentleman from Hillsborough, Co Down was a son of John Forbes, a gentleman.  Honor McAuliffe from Greenisland, Co Antrim was a daughter of George McAuliffe, a gentleman.

William Cairns Forbes worked as a bank official in the Northern Banking Company and he and Honor Forbes (nee McAuliff) had four children:

William Cairns (born 1 March 1881 in Hillsborough, Co Down)

Nora (born 21 March 1883 in Hillsborough, Co Down)

Charles (born 7 July 1885 in Greenisland, Co Antrim)

Herbert (born 24 February 1888 in Carrickfergus, Co Antrim; at attestation he declared 24 February 1890 as his date of birth)

William Cairns Forbes was 62 when he died in the Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast on 3 March 1906 as the result of a fractured skull following a fall.

Charles Cairns worked as a bank official, and he was 30 when he died of pulmonary tuberculosis on 12 February 1916 at Knockmhor, Jordanstown; his mother was with him when he died.

Herbert Forbes was a bank clerk when he enlisted on 17 September 1915 in Arcola, Saskatchewan, Canada.  He cited his mother as his next of kin and in his attestation papers it was noted that he was 5 feet 6 inches tall with a dark complexion, hazel eyes, and dark brown hair.  He made his will on 10 June 1916 and left everything to his mother.

Private Herbert Forbes (No. 104788) underwent training in Canada and arrived in Liverpool, England on 8 May 1916 aboard the SS Olympic.  He went to France 8 June 1916 and was wounded on 19 October 1916.  He remained on duty and was killed in action on 3 December 1916.

Private Herbert Forbes (No. 104788) was buried in Louez Military Cemetery, Duisans, France and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:





Private Herbert Forbes (No. 104788) is commemorated on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial (Internet); in the Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance, and on the family grave headstone in St Malachy’s Church of Ireland Graveyard, Hillsborough.