Herbert Crowther FOXTON

FOXTON, Herbert Crowther

Service Number: 863
Enlisted: 19 January 1915, Toowoomba, Queensland
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 25th Infantry Battalion
Born: Kilkenny, Ireland, 12 September 1890
Home Town: Toowoomba, Toowoomba, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Watchmaker
Died: Natural causes, Sydney, New South Wales, 14 July 1984, aged 93 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Toowoomba Protestant Alliance Friendly Society of Australia (P.A.F.S.O.A.) (1), Toowoomba Roll of Honour WW1, Toowoomba St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

19 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 863, Toowoomba, Queensland
24 Feb 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 25th Infantry Battalion
29 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 863, 25th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
29 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 863, 25th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Brisbane
18 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 863, 25th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
21 Aug 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 25th Infantry Battalion
3 Feb 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Captain, 25th Infantry Battalion
30 Oct 1917: Wounded Captain, 25th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Passchendaele , Gas
17 Jul 1918: Wounded Captain, 25th Infantry Battalion, "Peaceful Penetration - Low-Cost, High-Gain Tactics on the Western Front", 2nd occasion - Shell wound (face)
1 Mar 1922: Discharged AIF WW1, Captain, 25th Infantry Battalion

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"...Lieutenant Herbert Crowther Foxton... 25th Battalion. Lt (later Captain) Foxton, a watchmaker from Ireland, enlisted in Toowoomba, Queensland. He was gassed in October 1917 and later suffered serious shrapnel wounds to his face in July 1918. He was sent to hospital in England where he underwent a series of operations to reconstruct his face... Captain Foxton returned to Australia in 1921..." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

"...Herbert Crowther Foxton with his wife Ruth. Born in Ireland in 1890, Foxton was a watchmaker in Queensland prior to enlisting in January 1915. With the service number 863, he embarked as a Sergeant (Sgt) with D Company, 25th Battalion, from Brisbane aboard HMAT Aeneas (A60) on 29 June 1915. Sgt Foxton served on Gallipoli then the Western Front where he reached the rank of Captain. In October 1917 he was wounded (gassed) and following treatment in England returned to his unit in France. On 17 July 1918 a shell explosion rendered him blind, unable to speak and with major wounds to his face; initially he was not expected to survive. He was transferred to the 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, where he underwent 25 facio-maxillary operations by Doctor Warwick James. His face was rebuilt to a natural shape. His sight could not be restored and in March 1920 he was transferred to the St Dunstan's Hospital (a hostel for blind servicemen) where he learnt to read braille and use a typewriter and woodwork tools. Capt Foxton eventually returned to Australia late in 1921. Unable to gain employment he returned to England in 1923 and underwent operations by Sir Richard Cruise, ophthalmic consultant to King George V. The sight in one eye was partially restored allowing him enough vision to assist in mobility and providing some capacity to read. He returned to Australia in early in 1925 and in the same year married Ruth Love in Sydney. He had met Ruth in Dublin whilst doing his apprenticeship in watchmaking, then again in 1921 in Belfast whilst recouperating from his wounds. Herbert and Ruth had four children. During the Second World War Foxton worked for a time in an engineering factory in Homebush, NSW; this was his only paid employment after the First World War. In the 1950s his eyesight failed and he returned to using braille to read. Herbert Foxton died in 1984, aged 94..." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)