Forsyth, Second Lieutenant Reginald James Thomas

No 6 Training Sqn AFC

Reginald Forsyth was born in Crows Nest in Sydney and was 22 and working as a Commercial Traveller when he joined the 1st Light Horse at Liverpool on 3 April 1915. He embarked on HMAT A21 Marere in Sydney on 16 August. Pte Forsyth served with the Light Horse in Egypt and was promoted to Corporal in May 1916. In August 1916 Cpl Forsyth suffered a gunshot wound in the chest, and was evacuated to hospital.

He relinquished his NCO rank when he transferred to the AFC as an Air Mechanic Class II in October 1916, and was attached to No 67 (Australian) Sqn. In early 1917 he was posted to No 68 (Australian) Sqn and moved to England with that unit. After pilot training he was commissioned in October 1917, and posted to No 6 Training Sqn for final training before an operational posting.

He died on 16 February 1918 from injuries received at Ternhill on 20 January when flying Sopwith Pup B6089. The Pup was part of a formation, and after a circuit of the aerodrome B6089 drew ahead of the formation and did a vertical bank before sideslipping into a slow spin into the ground. The Court of Enquiry found that 2Lt Forsyth was sick in the air, overcome with nausea, and was unable to control the aeroplane before it crashed.

2Lt R J T Forsyth is buried in Grave 34 at Tilstock Cemetery, Shropshire, England.

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