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James Henry FOSTER

Regimental number1321
Place of birthBirmingham, England
SchoolCouncil School, Birmingham, England
Age on arrival in Australia38
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCycle mechanic
AddressKlein Street, Toowoomba, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation41
Height5' 5.5"
Weight157 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs C Foster, Klien Street, Toowoomba, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date17 November 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll16 November 1914
Place of enlistmentToowoomba, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 14 May 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death14 May 1915
Age at death41
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 46), 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
75
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Caroline FOSTER, "Galton)", Klein Street, Toowoomba, Queensland. Native of Birmingham, England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Melbourne, 22 December 1914.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 12 April 1915.

Reported missing, Gallipoli, 14 May 1915.

Court of Inquiry held at Serapeum, 6 April 1916, pronounced fate as 'killed in action, Gallipoli, 14 May 1915'.

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

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