Hamilton James (Ham) FOSKETT

FOSKETT, Hamilton James

Service Number: 2896
Enlisted: 19 June 1916, Bathurst, New South Wales
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 56th Infantry Battalion
Born: Sofala, New South Wales, 29 November 1889
Home Town: Sofala, Mid-Western Regional, New South Wales
Schooling: Sofala Public School
Occupation: Railway Porter
Died: Natural causes, Bathurst, New South Wales, 22 August 1973, aged 83 years
Cemetery: Sofala General Cemetery
Family plot
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

19 Jun 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2896, Bathurst, New South Wales
25 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2896, 54th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
25 Oct 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2896, 54th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Sydney
12 Sep 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 2896, 56th Infantry Battalion


During the First World War, Ham lost his eldest brother, Trooper George Samuel Foskett, a member of the 1st Australian Light Horse who was killed in action, shortly after his 31st birthday, on 30 June 1918 – he lays buried in a cemetery in Jerusalem.

Ham was himself a veteran of the First World War; and had been seriously wounded on two separate occasions. Although he recovered sufficiently to return to the front lines for the duration of the war, a large part of him never fully recovered from the horrors he endured.

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Wounded in action on Western front, convalesced in England and returned home after the War concluded. Discharged on 12 Sep 1919.

Brother of 3175 Tpr. George Samuel Foskett (/explore/people/174768) who died of wounds in Palestine on 20 Jun 1918