WWI Memorial Plaque - 116th Battalion
WWI Memorial Plaque - 116th Battalion - Bronze, named to GEORGE HENRY EDEN FORBES in raised lettering, marked "W" on the reverse, cleaned, suspension ring welded in place, green oxidation on the reverse, better than very fine. Footnote: George Henry Eden Forbes was born on March 6, 1898 in Hamilton, Ontario. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 120th City of Hamilton Battalion "13th Royal Regiment/Hamilton Battalion" on January 10, 1916 in Hamilton, naming his next-of-kin as his father, George Forbes of Hamilton, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Munitions Worker. The Battalion was raised and mobilized in Hamilton, Ontario, under the authority of G.O. 151, December 22, 1915. The Battalion sailed August 14, 1916 under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel D.G. Fearman with a strength of 32 officers and 838 other ranks, including 757562 Private Forbes. In England, the Battalion was absorbed into the 2nd Reserve Battalion. Forbes was later transferred to the 116th Battalion "Central Ontario Regiment" and died on October 1, 1918. He is remembered with honour on the Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, the base of which is inscribed in French and in English: "TO THE VALOUR OF THEIR COUNTRYMEN IN THE GREAT WAR AND IN MEMORY OF THEIR SIXTY THOUSAND DEAD THIS MONUMENT IS RAISED BY THE PEOPLE OF CANADA".