Name:-    Forsythe, Alister Elder

Nationality:- New Zealand

Age :-    30

Rank:-    Second Lieutenant

Number:-   6/228


Service:-    Army

Regiment / ship:-   Nelson coy., Canterbury Regiment, N.Z.E.F.

Date of death:-    Between 6th May 1915 and 10th May 1915     

Cemetery / Memorial:- Twelve Tree Copse (NZ) Memorial, Turkey

Area of cemetery / memorial :-

Family information:- Son of Alexander A. and Janet Forsythe, 29, Park Avenue, Dundee, Forfarshire

Extra information:-

Blairgowrie Advertiser 22nd May, 1915, page 6.

“Former Coupar Angus Officer Killed”

"Amoung those killed at the Dardanelles was Lieutenant Allistair Elder Forsythe, of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, son of Mr. A. Forsythe, who was for twelve years in business in Coupar Angus as a flesher, and is now in Dundee .

His father received the following cablegrams on Monday – ‘We regret to advise you your son, Lieutenant A.E.Forsythe, killed in action, 15th inst.  Commandant extends deepest sympathy’ – Adjutant-General, Wellington , New Zealand – “From Mr. Allen, New Zealand, Defence Minister at Wellinton ‘Sincerest sympathy at the loss of your son’.

Deceased, who served his apprenticeship with Mr. Ramsay, jeweller, Dundee , and emigrated a few years ago, was deeply interested in the Boy Scout movement. When in Coupar Angus he was Assistant Scout-Master, and had since continued his connection with the organization.  When the War broke out he enlisted in Canterbury Infantry Brigade, and was commissioned before proceeding to the Front.

 He was the first Coupar Angus victim of the War."

1901 census

Union Street, Coupar Angus, Perthshire

Alexander Forsythe, head, 43, butcher, b. Thurso, Caithness

James Forsythe, wife (!?!), 43, b. Thurso,

Elizabeth Forsythe, daughter, 29, butchers shop woman, b. Thurso

Alister Forsythe, son, 16, watchmaker's apprentice, b. Thurso

Maggie Forsythe, daughter, 14, scholar, b. Thurso

Peter A Forsyth, son, 6, scholar, b. Thurso

Coupar Angus Cemetery

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