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Reginald William FOSTER

Date of birth1 September 1886
Place of birthRockhampton, Queensland
SchoolNorth Rockhampton and Central State School for Boys, Rockhampton
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSchool teacher
Addressc/o F O Foster, Dentist, William Street, Rockhampton, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinMother, Mrs K Foster, William Street, Rockhampton, Queensland
Previous military serviceQueensland Senior Cadets. Appointed Lieutenant 1907 and Adjutant 1908 under Major Skelton
Enlistment date23 April 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name15th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A63 Karoola on 12 June 1915
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularProminant citizen in Rockhampton. Appointed public school teacher. Was posted as missing from Suvla Bay on 6 August 1915 - his first action.Buried at Gallipoli
FateKilled in Action 8 August 1915
Date of death8 August 1915
Age at death28
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 43), 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: Frank Oswald and Kate FOSTER, Oswald Street, Rockhampton, Queensland
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Brisbane, 12 June 1915.

Taken on strength, 15th Bn, Gallipoli, 2 August 1915.

Reported wounded in action and missing, Gallipoli, 8 August 1915.

Court of Inquiry held at Serapeum, 6 April 1916, pronounced fate as 'killed in action, Gallipoli, 8 August 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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