Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Frank Forsdike

In memory of:

Corporal Frank Forsdike

June 2, 1916

Belgium

Military Service


Service Number:

109125

Age:

35

Force:

Army

Unit:

4th Canadian Mounted Rifles (2nd Central Ontario Regt.)

Citation(s):

1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Additional Information


Born:

August 25, 1880
Leiston, Suffolk, England

Enlistment:

October 28, 1914
Toronto, Ontario

Son of William John and Patience Forsdike. Spouse of Myrtle (nee Cole) and father of Florence Gertrude Layton.

Florence Gertrude Layton was a toddler when her father, Frank Forsdike died. She was awarded his First World War medals in a emotional ceremony at the Berwick Legion in Nova Scotia on May 10, 2008. The ceremony was hosted by The Royal Canadian Legion, Ortona Branch 69, the Berwick Legion Auxiliary and Berwick United Church Women. Frank's great-grandson John Layton, member of 2 Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, delivered a speech about Frank's life and times in the military from his participation in the South Afri

Commemorated on Page 87 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

Panel 30, 32.

Location:


The Menin Gate Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town of Ypres (now Ieper) in the Province of West Flanders, on the road to Menin and Courtrai. It bears the names of 55,000 men who were lost without trace during the defence of the Ypres Salient in the First World War. Designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield and erected by the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission, it consists of a Hall of Memory", 36.6 metres long by 20.1 metres wide. In the centre are broad staircases leading to the ramparts which overlook the moat, and to pillared loggias which run the whole length of the structure. On the inner walls of the Hall, on the side of the staircases and on the walls of the loggias, panels of Portland stone bear the names of the dead, inscribed by regiment and corps. Carved in stone above the central arch are the words:


TO THE ARMIES OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE WHO STOOD HERE FROM 1914 TO 1918 AND TO THOSE OF THEIR DEAD WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE.

Over the two staircases leading from the main Hall is the inscription:

HERE ARE RECORDED NAMES OF OFFICERS AND MEN WHO FELL IN YPRES SALIENT BUT TO WHOM THE FORTUNE OF WAR DENIED THE KNOWN AND HONOURED BURIAL GIVEN TO THEIR COMRADES IN DEATH.

The dead are remembered to this day in a simple ceremony that takes place every evening at 8:00 p.m. All traffic through the gateway in either direction is halted, and two buglers (on special occasions four) move to the centre of the Hall and sound the Last Post. Two silver trumpets for use in the ceremony are a gift to the Ypres Last Post Committee by an officer of the Royal Canadian Artillery, who served with the 10th Battery, of St. Catharines, Ontario, in Ypres in April 1915."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of FRANK FORSDIKE– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– From the Toronto Star. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– From the Toronto Star. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– From the Toronto Star. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Sons of England Benefit Society– Sons of England Benefit Society:  a notice of the December 29th, 1923 dedication and unveiling at University & College Streets (original location), detail from an S.O.E. membership certificate, and detail from the base of the Toronto Memorial.
  • Sons of England War Memorial– Designed by Charles Adamson in bronze and granite, the Sons of England war memorial is located on University Avenue at Elm Street in Toronto.  The inscription on this 1923 Memorial reads:   ERECTED BY MEMBERS OF TORONTO DISTRICTS SONS OF ENGLAND BENEFIT SOCIETY IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR.
  • Inscription– Inscription on the Menin Gate, photo courtesy of Marg Liessens.

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