Charles FOSTER

FOSTER, Charles

Service Number: 2867
Enlisted: 4 June 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Meningie, South Australia , 29 January 1889
Home Town: Meningie, The Coorong, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Station hand
Died: Killed in Action, Hollebeke, Belgium., 27 March 1918, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Oxford Road Cemetery, Belgium
II. C. 12, Oxford Road Cemetery, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Meningie War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

4 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2867, Keswick, South Australia
21 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2867, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Star of England embarkation_ship_number: A15 public_note: ''
21 Sep 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2867, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Star of England, Adelaide
27 Mar 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2867, 10th Infantry Battalion, Dernancourt/Ancre

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Biography contributed by Saint Ignatius' College

Charles Foster was born in Meningie, South Australia on the 29 January 1889 and died at the age of 29. He worked as a station hand before enlisting in the AIF. Charles had no previous experiences in fighting in wars, so he went off not knowing a lot about what was going to happen to them. His family lived in 46 Fisher Street, Norwood, South Australia. Charles’s parents were Thomas and Mary Foster. Mary was next of kin so she would have received the letter of his death. 

Charles Foster enlisted in on 8/6/15 before going to Egypt to train. He embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A15 Star of England on 21 September 1915. Charles Foster was enlisted in into the 10th battalion, 9th reinforcement. When he first arrived in Egypt he was put in hospital with bronchitis, but after he recovered travelled with the 10th Battalion to France. There he was soon wounded in action at Pozières on 25 July 1916, suffereing a general service wound in the arm and chest. This was not very serious, and he rejoined his unit on 25 August.

On 12 March 1917 Charles was wounded again, this time in the hand, accidentally, by a bomb. He was sent to England for treatment and, after recovery, served for several months with the 2nd Communication Depot. He eventually rejoined the 10th on the day after Christmas, 1917.

Charles Foster was killed in action on 27 March 1918 when the 10th Battalion was in the line at Hollebeke, Belgium. He is buried at Oxford Road Cemetery.