Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Victoria, BC – While VicPD officers and staff mark the sacrifices of our armed forces on Remembrance Day, we also mark the one hundredth anniversary of the sacrifice of our own Constable Robert Forster.

One hundred years ago today, on November 11th, 1920 Constable Robert Forster succumbed to life-threatening injuries he received while operating his police motorcycle near the CPR Wharf in Victoria’s Harbour the previous day.

Cst. Robert Forster

Motor Constable Forster had been travelling along Belleville Street at Menzies after leaving the wharf itself. His motorcycle and sidecar collided with a travelling motorcar, and Cst. Forster suffered significant, life-threatening injuries.

Cst. Forster was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital and while he survived overnight, his condition worsened the next day. He died with his brother, VicPD Cst. George Forster, at his bedside. He was 33 years old.

Constable Robert Forster was buried in Ross Bay Cemetery.

Today, we remember the sacrifice of our brother, VicPD Constable Robert Forster.

You can learn more about our fallen officers here: