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VC639   William Thomas Forshaw

BORN   20 April 1890

DIED   26 May 1943   AGE   53

VC Won   7-9 August 1915   AGE   24

Place VC Won   The Vineyard, Gallipoli, Turkey

War/Campaign   First World War 1915

Name   William Thomas Forshaw   No.      

VC Issue No.   639   Awards   VC   

Regiment   Manchester Regiment, 1/9th Battalion, A Company

Later   King’s Regiment

Now   The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment

Rank VC Won   Lieutenant

Rank End Of Career   Major

Place Of Birth   Fairfield Lane, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England

Place Of Death   At his home, 'Foxearth Cottage', Holyport, Berkshire, England

Buried/Location Ashes   Touchen End (Holy Trintiy) Churchyard, Bray, near Maidenhead, Kent, England


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone   Headstone   Plot/Grave no.   

Gazetted   9 September 1915

VC Presented   18 October 1915 by King George V at Buckingham Palace, London, England


P  Headstone, Touchen End (Holy Trintiy) Churchyard, Bray, near Maidenhead, Kent

Plaque on main gate of disused Ladysmith Barracks, Ashton-under-Lyne, Manchester, Lancashire

P  Named on Victoria Cross Plaque outside & Freedom of the Borough plaque inside The Museum of the Manchesters, Ashton Town Hall, Market Place, Ashton-under-Lyne

Plaque on wall of Touchen End Cemetery, Bray, near Maidenhead, Berkshire

Plaque at his home  'Foxearth Cottage', Holyport, near Maidenhead, Berkshire

Victoria Cross Commemorative Paving Stone, Barrow Park, Barrow in Furness, Cumbria

By The Way…

A headstone was erected in 1994, not on exact location of grave

His original VC was lost, a replacement was given 9 November 1929

VC Held By

Manchester Regiment, The Museum of the Manchesters, Ashton Town Hall, Market Place, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, England



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