- Place of Use Continent - North America, Country - Canada
- Category Communication artifacts
- Sub-category Personal symbol
- Department Arms and Technology
- Museum CWM
- Earliest 1919/12/01
- Latest 1919/12/31
- Inscription (cross/croix): 400863 Pte. C.A.W. FORBES; STERLING (card/carte) CANADA This cross is presented to you in memory of one who in the Great War died for King and Country MINISTER OF DEFENCE
- Materials Sterling silver, Paper, Brass
- Branch Canadian Machine Gun Corps
- Rank Private
- Service Component Canadian Expeditionary Force
- Person / Institution Subject, Forbes, Private Charles Arthur Wellesley
- Measurements Length 59.0 cm, Width 3.1 cm, Thickness 0.2 cm
- Caption Charles Arthur Wellesley FORBES
- Additional Information Born in Newcastle, Australia, in 1883, Forbes enlisted in the 33rd Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), in February 1915. Arriving in England in July 1915, he was assigned to the 12th Reserve Battalion and then to the 1st Battalion. Subsequently posted to No. 1 Canadian Machine Gun Company, in February 1916, he was killed in action on 13 June 1916.
- Caption Medals Project- Forbes, Charles Arthur Wellesley
Charles Arthur Wellesley Forbes was born in Newcastle, Australia, on 18 June 1883. It is not known when he arrived in Canada.
A farmer and labourer, Forbes enlisted in the 33rd Canadian Infantry Battalion in London, Ontario, on 11 February 1915. After initial training in Canada, he left for England on SS Scandinavian, embarking in Montréal, Quebec, on 17 July 1915 as part of the 33rd Battalion’s 1st Reinforcement Draft.
In England, Forbes was assigned to the 12th Reserve Battalion before being drafted into the 1st Canadian Infantry Battalion (Western Ontario), which he joined in France in late August 1915. Some six months later, on 18 February 1916, he was transferred to the 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade Machine Gun Company.
Forbes was killed in action in Belgium on the last day of the Battle of Mount Sorrel, 13 June 1916. His body was not recovered.
Charles Arthur Wellesley Forbes is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, in Ypres, Belgium.