Peter FOTHERINGHAME

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FOTHERINGHAME, Peter

Service Number: 2135
Enlisted: 3 May 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 11th Infantry Battalion
Born: Sanday Island, Orkney, Scotland, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Albany, Albany, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Platelayer on railway
Died: Killed in action, France, 26 May 1916, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, Bethune, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Grave I. J. 52. INSCRIPTION FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH AVE FRATER ATQUE VALE
Memorials: Albany War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

3 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2135, 11th Infantry Battalion
6 Jun 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2135, 11th Infantry Battalion
6 Jun 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2135, 11th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Fremantle

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

He was 33 and the son of George and Elizabeth Fotheringhame, of Templehall, Sanday, Orkney, Scotland.

At various points in his service records, he is shown as Fotheringhame- certainly his brother in Australia showed an ‘e’ at the end of his name. CWGC show him as Fotheringhame as does the Sanday War Memorial.

The Latin part of the personal inscription chosen by his Next Of Kin, 

AVE FRATER ATQUE VALE

-relates to the poem by Gaius Valerius Catullus-

Through many countries and over many seas
I have come, Brother, to these melancholy rites,
to show this final honour to the dead,
and speak (to what purpose?) to your silent ashes,
since now fate takes you, even you, from me.
Oh, Brother, ripped away from me so cruelly,
now at least take these last offerings, blessed
by the tradition of our parents, gifts to the dead.
Accept, by custom, what a brother’s tears drown,
and, for eternity, Brother, ‘Hail and Farewell’. 

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