Arthur James FOAT


FOAT, Arthur James

Service Number: 1354
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Infantry Battalion
Born: Camperdown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1890
Home Town: Bexley, Rockdale, New South Wales
Schooling: Newtown North Public School
Occupation: Bank Clerk
Died: Killed In Action, Gallipoli, Ottoman Empire, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 6 August 1915
Cemetery: Lone Pine Cemetery, ANZAC
I B 12, Lone Pine Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Narrandera WW1 War Memorial, Sydney Commonwealth Bank of Australia Great War Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

11 Feb 1915: Involvement Private, SN 1354, 4th Infantry Battalion
11 Feb 1915: Embarked Private, SN 1354, 4th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Seang Bee, Melbourne
6 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Son of James and Mary Blanche Theresa FOAT

Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

“C” Coy,  4th Bn.Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

He was 25 and the son of James and Mary Blanche Theresa Foat.

He broke his neck when running towards the Turkish trench, and fell into it.  His grandfather, Richard Foat, was born at Margate and had emigrated to Australia in 1855 to become a sheep farmer near Sydney. 

Arthur enlisted in the AIF on 6th November 1914.

Arthur is honoured on the Margate War Memorial 1914-18.

The memorial is located in Trinity Square.  Trinity Church provided a wonderful backcloth to the memorial but the church was all but destroyed by enemy bombing on 1st June 1943 and was finally demolished in 1960/61.  The site of the church is now a public car park.  The then Vicar of Margate (Canon S A Odom) suggested that the memorial should be moved from Trinity Hill to the north side of the upper High Street entrance to St John's Church.  That suggestion met with strong resistance from the public who demanded that the memorial should remain where it stood - and still stands. 

 He is also honoured on the Margate War Shrine which was unveiled on 26th April 1917 by the Mayoress, Mrs W Booth Reeve.  Originally the War Shrine comprised three panels but, as the list of names to be added to the Roll of Honour grew, a fourth panel was added and the design changed to incorporate that additional panel.