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George Byerley FORSTER

Regimental number339
Place of birthWardell New South Wales
AddressNashua, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, Thomas Henry Forster, Nashua, Richmond River, New South Wales
Enlistment date26 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name42nd Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/59/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 5 June 1916
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll41st Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF41
Promotion date: 6 January 1919


Unit: INF41
Promotion date: 6 April 1919

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 13 August 1918

Bar to Military Medal

Recommendation date: 9 October 1918

FateReturned to Australia 23 June 1919

Military Medal

'On 8/8/18 during the operations on the Somme, east of Hamel, Sergeant Forster kept well forward of his platoon during the whole of the advance, cleaned up several dugouts single-handed and captured a number of prisoners. On reaching the objective he immediately set in position two enemy machine-guns which his platoon used to great advantage in keeping down the enemy's fire during consolidation and also materially assisting the advance of the 4th Australian Division. His courage and absolute disregard for his personal safety, combined with his skilful leadership, set a high example to all ranks under his command.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Bar to Military Medal

On 29 September 1918, during operations South of Bony, when the situation was obscure, Sergeant Forster volunteered on three different occasions under heavy machine-gun fire to patrol and get in touch with neighbouring units. Once when the patrol was scattered by heavy artillery fire, he showed great coolness and leadership in reorganising his men and succeeded in getting in touch with the foremost troops of another Battalion, who were then within 40 yards of the enemy and engaged in a bombing fight. On night 12 October 1918 his company was ordered to take up a new position. Sergeant Forster who had been over the route once, volunteered and guided the company over very difficult ground covered with shell holes and wire, to a new position in the quickest possible time, despite the fact that the night was extremely dark and heavy rain was falling. Throughout the operations Sergeant Forster showed keenness and reliability and resource of the highest order.
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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