FOOKE, James

Service Number: 4692
Enlisted: 21 February 1916, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 23rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Myrtle Creek, Victoria, Australia, 14 June 1887
Home Town: Richmond (V), Yarra, Victoria
Schooling: Lyal State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 6 October 1917, aged 30 years
Cemetery: Poelcapelle British Cemetery
Plot L11, Row D, Grave 9. Headstone inscription reads: Gone but not forgotten by his loving wife & children
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

21 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Melbourne, Victoria
4 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4692, 23rd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
4 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4692, 23rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Melbourne
6 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4692, 23rd Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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"...4692 Private James Fooke, 23rd Battalion. A labourer from Richmond, Vic prior to enlistment, Pte Fooke embarked with the 12th Reinforcements from Melbourne aboard HMAT Malwa on 26 April 1916. On 16 October 1917 he was killed in action at Passchendaele in Belgium, aged 30, and was buried in the Poelcappelle British Cemetery, Belgium..." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of George Fooke (born in China) and Marie Fooke of Myrtle Creek, Victoria

Husband of Margaret E. Fooke of 28 Gibbs Street, Newtown, NSW

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Previously served with the Bendigo Citizen forces, Victoria