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John Cumine FORSTER

Regimental number1255
Place of birthHobart, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPorter
AddressGlebe Store, Hobart, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Thomas Foster, Glebe Store, Hobart, Tasmania
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date18 May 1915
Place of enlistmentClaremont, Tasmania
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 29 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 28 March 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the attack east of MONT ST. QUENTIN near PERONNE on 2nd September 1918, while advancing on the enemy positions, this N.C.O. met with very heavy machine gun fire. he bravely continued to advance, and finally single handed, rushed the enemy position, bombing and killing the crew. By his courage and initiative he helped materially in making the enterprise a success. He set a very stirring example to his men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 7987 Pte Charles Walter FORSTER, 12th Bn, killed in action, 23 September 1918.
Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSecond given name entered incorrectly on Embarkation Roll as Cunnae.

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