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John FOSTER

Regimental number1357
Place of birthWest Derby, England
SchoolCouncil School, England
Age on arrival in Australia23
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationShunter
Addressc/o Mrs. Drodie, Mountain Avenue, Woonona, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 4"
Weight135 lbs
Next of kinFather, Charles Foster, Fook Range Road, Colwyn Bay, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date27 October 1914
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 11 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 27 October 1914.
FateKilled in Action 7 August 1915
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*date of fate 7th to 12th
Place of death or woundingLone Pine, Gallipoli
Date of death8 August 1915
Age at death25
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 20), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
36
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Charles and Jane FOSTER, 4 Grange Road, Colwyn Bay, North Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Sydney, 11 February 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Reported missing, Gallipoli, 7-12 August 1915.

Court of Inquiry held in the field, France, 5 June 1916, pronounced fate as 'killed in action, Gallipoli, 7-12 August 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FOSTER John

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