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Cecil Maitland FOSS

SchoolHigh School, Perth, Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
Address5 Churchill Avenue, Subiaco, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs I M Foss, 5 Churchill Avenue, Subiaoc, Western Australia
Enlistment date1 February 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name28th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 29 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll28th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Recommendation date: 17 September 1916

Military Cross

FateDied of wounds 11 August 1916
Place of death or woundingPozieres, Somme Sector, France
Age at death25
Place of burialPuchevillers British Cemetery (Plot III, Row A, Grave No. 6), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
113
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated (stained glass window ['Nation shall not lift up sword against nation neither shall they learn war anymore'] and brass plaque) in St George's Cathedral, Perth, Western Australia. Parents: Cecil Longham and Isabella Mary FOSS, 'Hillside', 33 Mount Street, Perth, Western Australia
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry when in command of a raid on the enemy's trenches. Considerable loss was inflicted on the enemy, and three prisoners were taken. Captain Foss was the first to enter and the last to leave the enemy's trenches.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 176
Date: 30 November 1916

Family/military connectionsBrothers: 5969 Corporal Ernest Cecil FOSS, 11th Bn, killed in action, 3 June 1918; [404] 2nd Lt Henry Clinton FOSS, 28th Bn, killed in action, 3 May 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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