Ernest Sinclair Wilson Forwell

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dunkeld
  • Service no: 268996
  • Rank: Corporal
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Black Watch
  • Unit/Ship: 1st Battalion
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death: 24
  • Date of Death: 18/04/1918
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Loos Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 78 to 83.

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Monifieth
  • Address:
  • Occupation: Dundee Burgh Engineers Office
  • Mother:

    Helen Mitchell Forwell, “Hillcrest” Monifieth

  • Father:

    William Forwell, J. P. “Hillcrest” Monifieth

  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about Ernest Sinclair Wilson Forwell

Ernest has no known grave but is remembered on the Loos Memorial.

Sergeant Forwell enlisted in the Scottish Horse shortly after the outbreak of war and for a long time acted as an instructor in the Battalion. Subsequently he was transferred to the Black Watch and proceeded to France in the beginning of 1918. He was 24 years of age and was previously employed in the Dundee Burgh Engineer’s Office.

Ernest Sinclair Wilson Forwell   268996   Black Watch


Official intimation has been received by ex-Bailie Forwell and Mrs Forwell of the death in action of their younger son, Sergt. Ernest S. W. Forwell, Scottish Horse, attached Black Watch.  Sergt. Forwell who was 24 years of age, was formerly an apprentice civil engineer in the City Engineer’s office and was mobilised with the Scottish Horse on the outbreak of war.

The sad tidings were conveyed in a letter from his officer who writes :― “Your son was one of the posts of honour upon which the whole line depended, and they acquitted themselves as sons of Scotland should.  He had only been a short time in this company, and had he lived would have gone far, as he was a splendid soldier.”

Dundee Evening Telegraph 2nd May 1918

FORWELLKilled in action, April 18, Sergt. Ernest S. W. Forwell, Scottish Horse, attached Black Watch, B.E.F., aged 24, younger so of Bailie and Mrs Forwell, Hillcrest, Monifieth.

Dundee Evening Telegraph 2nd May 1918

Dundee Food Committee this afternoon passed a resolution of sympathy with Councillor William Forwell on the loss of his son, Sergeant Ernest Forwell.

Dundee Evening Telegraph 17th May 1918

Additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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