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Sylvester John FOSDICK

Regimental number5904
Place of birthAvenel Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressHigh Street, Nagambie, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, James Fosdick, High Street, Nagambie, Victoria
Previous military service58th Infantry
Enlistment date22 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name2nd Divisional Signal Company, 9th Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number22.12.2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Vic, on board H.M.A.T. A32 Themistocles on 28 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Divisional Signal Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)


Recommendation date: 6 January 1919

FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919

Meritorious Service Medal

'This soldier has been a Motor Cyclist Despatch Rider since 19th October, 1916. During the period 27th September, 1918, to 7th October, 1918, in which time his Brigade Headquarters was continually moving, Sapper FOSDICK rendered valuable services and displayed exceptional devotion to duty and initiative. His work necessitated the delivery of despatches to all units within the Brigade group at all hours of the day and night, often under most adverse weather conditions and over bad roads. his keen sense of duty, cheerful demeanour even under the most trying circumstances and his promptness in delivery of despatches have been most exceptional.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 113
Date: 6 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

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

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