Queensland Boer veterans march through Brisbane in 1901. Photos: Picture Queensland/Contributed
Queensland Boer veterans march through Brisbane in 1901. Photos: Picture Queensland/Contributed

Digger recognised 110 years later

THE tragic story of an Ipswich digger will get the recognition it deserves - more than 110 years after his death.

Boer War Memorial Association committee member Miles Farmer said arrangements had been made to install a bronze plaque at the final resting place of Private George Given Forsyth.

Although he was an Ipswich man, Pte Forsyth was buried at an unmarked site at Toowong Cemetery following his death on May 3, 1902.

Having bravely served his country in the Boer War, Pte Forsyth was on his way home on the troopship St Andrew when he became gravely ill.

As the Queensland Times reported all the way back on May 6, 1902, the sick soldier was taken straight to the Brisbane General Hospital on his return to the country. He lived for only three more days.

Mr Farmer said one of the great tragedies of his passing was that his parents had not been informed of their son's return from battle until he had lost consciousness.

"He was buried with full military honours but his grave was unmarked," Mr Farmer said.

"We have persuaded the Office of Australian War Graves to provide a bronze plaque."

The plaque will be fixed to Pte Forsyth's grave on September 23, during a ceremony which will also include the rededication of a memorial dedicated to Brisbane Boer War hero Lieutenant Lachlan John Caskey.

Lt Caskey was killed in action in South Africa while heroically leading a small party of 14 soldiers in a mission to catch a Boer position containing 200.

Mr Farmer has appealed for any descendants of Forsyth to contact him ahead of the ceremony.

"Forsyth and Caskey should get the recognition they deserve," he said.

Mr Farmer can be contacted on 3372 7349.

 

Aussies united

The Boer War (1899-1902) saw separate regiments sent from each Australian state to South Africa.

By the time the war ended, federation had taken place and all Australians were united to serve under one flag.



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