Stanley Frederick George (Stan) FOSTER

FOSTER, Stanley Frederick George

Service Number: 390
Enlisted: 3 March 1915, Perth, Western Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 28th Infantry Battalion
Born: Glanville, South Australia, 25 April 1890
Home Town: West Perth, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Driver
Died: Natural causes, West Perth, Western Australia, 11 November 1947, aged 57 years
Cemetery: Fremantle Cemetery, W.A.
CofE Area, Section Mon A7, Gravesite 0415
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World War 1 Service

3 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 390, Perth, Western Australia
29 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 390, 28th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
29 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 390, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Fremantle
6 Nov 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 390, 28th Infantry Battalion, Flers/Gueudecourt, GSW (left leg)
13 Dec 1918: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 390, 28th Infantry Battalion

War Service and return to Australia

ANZAC - Stanley Frederick George Foster
Regimental Number: 390
Date of Enlistment: 8 March 1915
Age: 24
Location of Enlistment: Perth
Nationality: Australian

War Service:
The 28th Battalion was raised at Black boy Camp in Western Australia on 16 April 1915 from recruits previously earmarked for the 24th Battalion, which was instead being raised in Victoria.

The battalion left Australia in June, and, after two months spent training in Egypt, landed at Gallipoli on 10 September.
At Gallipoli, the 7th Brigade, which included the 28th Battalion, reinforced the weary New Zealand and Australian Division. The 28th had a relatively quiet time at Gallipoli and the battalion departed the peninsula in December, having suffered only light casualties.

After another stint in Egypt, the 7th Brigade proceeded to France and the Western Front, as part of the 2nd Australian Division.

The 28th Battalion took part in its first major battle at Pozieres between 28 July and 6 August 1916. After a spell in a quieter sector of the front in Belgium, the 2nd Division returned to the south in October, where the 28th Battalion took part in confused and costly fighting to the east of Flers, in the Somme Valley.

Wounded in Action: 1916
Stanley suffered a gunshot wound through the left leg during action in the Battle of Flers on the 10 November 1916.

Initially he was medically treated in France and then transferred to the UK to recover, on the 22 Feb 1916 he proceeded on leave, he did not report back for duty and was listed absent without leave on the 1 April 1917.

Stanley surrendered himself to the Australian Military Police 5 months later on the 4 September 1917, he was Court Marshalled for being absent without leave, he was sentenced to 11 months detention and lost 544 days pay.

On the 27 September 1918 he was returned to Australia suffering from curvature of the spine due to the shortening of his left leg, he disembarked in Australia on the 14 November 1918 and was medically discharged from the AIF on the 14 Dec 1918.

He was awarded the following medals:

1914-15 Star
British War Medal 1914-18
Allied Victory Medal


Stanley married Florence Violet May Ah You Gipp in 1914.

They had a daughter in 1915 Florence Elizabeth Foster.

Mrs Foster said she married in November 1914. Early the following year Foster went to the War, and did not return till Armistice Day 1918, for over five years past they had been on unhappy terms. (The West Australian 5 Dec 1927.)

After the war Stanley had fallen on hard times, he was poor, homeless, developed a problem with alcohol and went to goal, the marriage ended after his divorce in 1927 he did not re marry.

He passed away on the 10 November 1947 at the age of 55 years. In honour of his service in WW1 the Department of Veteran Affairs placed a Military headstone on his grave at Fremantle Cemetery.

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