Samuel Forsyth

Sergeant and Victoria Cross recipient.

Samuel Forsyth's gravestone
Gravestone of Samuel Forsyth

Date of birth:  1891
Date of death:  24 August 1918

Sergeant Samuel Forsyth VC was born in Wellington in 1891. He enlisted in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force at the outbreak of World War I in 1914, and sailed with the main contingent to Egypt.

He fought at Gallipoli where he received a slight wound and was evacuated twice with illness. He was seconded to the 2nd Battalion, Auckland Regiment in August 1918. During a battle in Grevillers, France, he led his men through heavy machine gun fire, before he was shot and killed by a sniper.

He was posthumously awarded the VC for his actions at Grevillers on 24 August 1918. He is buried at Adanac Military Cemetery, France. His mother, Grace Forsyth, erected a headstone in Karori Cemetery in memory of him.