Charles Thomas FOSTER


FOSTER, Charles Thomas

Service Number: NX55454
Enlisted: 28 June 1940
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/18th Infantry Battalion
Born: Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia, 21 March 1919
Home Town: Tamworth, Tamworth Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Prisoner of War - Executed, Malaya, 17 March 1942, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Kranji War Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Private, SN NX55454
28 Jun 1940: Enlisted Private, SN NX55454, 2nd/18th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

Private Charles Foster was awarded the Commendation for Gallantry for actions following capture by the Imperial Japanese Army on 15 February 1942 until his execution as a result of an escape attempt on 17 March 1942. On or around 16 March 1942, Private Foster and five other men escaped Changi Prison Complex, stole a boat but were recaptured by Japanese forces while wading ashore on the Malay side of the Johor Strait. Private Foster and the other five men, who were also awarded a Commendation for Gallantry, were subsequently sentenced to death and executed on 17 March 1942. - Defence Honours and Awards