Private Ralph Forsyth

Private Ralph Forsyth, 7th Battalion,( City of London ) London Regiment. He died in France on 3rd October 1915, aged 21, of wounds received in action during the Battle of Loos. He was the son of Annie and the late Ralph Forsyth of 1 Seafield, Spittal and is buried in Abbeyville Communal Cemetery, Abbeyville, France. His Headstone is inscribed ” Boy Of My Heart Sweet Memories Of Thee That Shall Not Cease “. His Regiment successfully attacked and captured the German positions at the ” Double Crassier ” and repulsed the inevitable counter attack. 14 Officers and 250 Other Ranks became casualties. The ” Double Crassier” were twin slag heaps and were much fought over during the Battle. His brother James also fell ( see above ). The artist’s nightmarish illustration shows a Battalion attack during the Battle with the troops wearing their gas hoods and using primitive grenades.

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