Lieutenant Thomas Forrest

Biography of Lieutenant Thomas Forrest

Thomas Forrest was born on the 4th June 1894, and was the son of Thomas and Jemima Ronaldson Forrest. The family lived at 'St Aidan's', 59 Station Road, Shotts, and Thomas was educated at Calderhead School and then the High School of Glasgow.

Thomas joined the University in 1912, taking classes in Botany, Zoology, Physics, and Chemistry in the first year of his Medical degree. While he was just short of the pass mark in a couple of his first year exams, he passed these successfully under resit conditions. In his second year he studied Anatomy and Physiology, followed by classes in Materia Medica and Therapeutics and Pathology in his third year. In his final two years he successfully passed the Fourth Professional Examination, with classes in Surgery, Practice of Medicine, Clinical Medicine, Midwifery and Medical Jurisprudence and Public Health giving him enough credits to graduate with an MBChB on the 21st July 1917.

During his time at University, Thomas had also been a member of the OTC, and after graduating he was gazetted into the Royal Army Medical Corps. He was sent to Mesopotamia, where he served alongside the Patiala (Rajindra) Lancers. On the 7th of June 1918, it was reported by the Daily Record that Captain Thomas Forrest had been "accidentally drowned" on the 28th of May while at sea on service. He was buried at the Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery in Iraq, and remembered on the University of Glasgow Roll of Honour.


Lieutenant Thomas Forrest
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps - Special Reserve
Degree: MB ChB
Awards: N/A
Comments: Drowned at sea 28 May 1918
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/692
Photo ID: N/A


University of Glasgow Registry Records: MED5/2/10, R3/1/2

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