Roll of Honour

Fleet Surgeon

Adrian Andrew Forrester

MB ChB

Adrian Andrew Forrester was born on the 20th January 1874 in Glenmiln, Campsie Glen, Stirlingshire. Adrian was the son of William Forrester and Jessie Ann Hill Forrester (nee MacFarlane).

Memorial chapel at the University of Glasgow
The Memorial Chapel at the University of Glasgow

In 1892 he came to the University of Glasgow to study Medicine. He was an extremely successful student and won second class certificates in: Botany, Physics and Pathology. He was commended in Surgery and Clinical Surgery and won the Drawing Class Specimens prize in Practical Pathology. He graduated MB ChB on 22nd July 1897.

Forrester married Ruby Westwood Guesdon on the 20th January 1904 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Their daughter, Thelma Westwood Forrester, was born one year later on the 10th March.

Forrester entered the Royal Navy as a Surgeon on the 8th November 1898, promoted to Staff Surgeon on the 8th November 1906, then Fleet Surgeon on the 8th November 1914. He joined the HMS Implacable in February 1914. He died on the first day of the Gallipoli campaign on 25th April 1915.

HR Tate, Midshipman on the HMS Implacable describes the landings on W beach as follows:

'Here the casualties had been bad, and over a hundred dead were on the beach alone, while the sand was all stained with blood, a derelict cutter full of dead, and water-logged, formed a basis for a temporary pier. .... Several of our men are wounded, a bullet found a billet in the stomach of our surgeon Forrester and killed him. We were in a group on the quarter deck when he was shot and he just collapsed quite quietly.’

Another member of the Implacable's crew, Stoker Petty Officer Charles Cook, wrote:

‘I saw hundreds of shots splashing like rain round the boats and it was glorious to see the boys leap out and wade ashore,’ continuing, '…the dear old ship has come through splendid. Am sorry to say our Fleet Surgeon [Forrester] has been killed. We bitterly mourn his loss, and the Navy loses one of its brightest officers and one of the finest gentlemen that ever stood in a pair of boots.’

Fleet Surgeon Adrian Andrew Forrester is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent, England.

Comments and Citations

University of Glasgow Registry and Faculty Records.

Biography: Information contributed by De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1919, Vol. 1, p 139.

Published accounts of action: Lockyer, Captain Hughes C. 1936.