|Forrest||William||Major||FORREST, WILLIAM, Major, was born 30 September 1868, son of Colonel Peter Forrest, of The Hirst, Edinburgh. He was educated at Ayr and Edinburgh University, and was commissioned in the 3rd Battalion Welsh Regiment, as Second Lieutenant (22 June to 19 July 1889), becoming Lieutenant (20 July 1889 to 12 July 1891); Captain (13 July 1891 to 5 June, 1900), and Major (6 June 1900 to 4 February 1910). Major Forrest served in the South African War, 1900-2. He was Commandant, Prieska District, and employed under the Assistant Provost-Marshal, Kimberley District. He took part in operations in Cape Colony 30 November 1900 to February 1902; was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901], received the Queen's Medal with one clasp, the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "William Forrest, Major, 3rd Battalion Welsh Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 2 June 1902; the Warrant sent 4 June 1902. He became Honorary Lieutenant Colonel 4 October 1905. On 11 August 1908 he was gazetted Major and Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Special Reserve, and Lieutenant Colonel (5 February 1910 to 2 April 1913), resigning his commission on 2 April 1913. Lieutenant Colonel Forrest was in command of a Territorial Reserve Battalion from January 1916 till April 1917 at Kinmel Park, North Wales. He married, in 1898, the Honourable Marie Spencer Lewis, daughter of the 1st Baron Merthyr, and they had one son, born on 16 Aug 1899.|
DSO, QSA (1) CC, KSA (2), 1911 Coronation. Lovell 1978 est £315.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)