Major General John Keatly Forsyth

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Major General John Keatly Forsyth

Birthplace: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Death: November 12, 1928 (61)
Auburn, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (pneumonia)
Immediate Family:

Son of William Forsyth and Elizabeth Forsyth
Husband of Catherine Forsyth

Occupation: colonial militia (Australia)
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About Major General John Keatly Forsyth

John Keatly Forsyth (1867-1928), soldier, was born on 8 February 1867 in Brisbane, son of William Forsyth, builder, and his wife Elizabeth, née Hood, both Irish-born. On 10 November 1897, he married Catherine McMaster in a Brisbane Wesleyan Methodist church.

Forsyth became commandant of the 4th Military District (South Australia) on 16 February 1917 and in April left the A.I.F. In July 1918 he was appointed quartermaster general, Australian Military Forces and third member of the Military Board; he was made a colonel in 1920. Although promoted to temporary major general in January 1921, he relinquished this rank in July 1922 when placed on the unattached list. He retired with the honorary rank of major general on 9 February 1925.

On retirement he became secretary and later field superintendent to the National Federation of Victoria and then, after transferring to the National Union, was selected in 1928 as the second candidate in the Victorian National Party's Senate team. He contracted influenza while electioneering at Sea Lake and died of labor pneumonia nine days later on 12 November 1928 at his Auburn home.

Mr. John Keatley Forsyth, one of the two Nationalist candidates for the Victorian Senate died on Monday. He contracted a chill a week ago while electioneering. He collapsed and died painlessly at his home. His sudden death had caused great regret among a large circle of political, military, and civilian friends.

Narandera Argus And Riverina Advertiser (NSW) Nov 16 1928

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Major General John Keatly Forsyth's Timeline

February 8, 1867
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
November 12, 1928
Age 61
Auburn, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia