John Lester FOREMAN DCM

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FOREMAN, John Lester

Service Number: 255
Enlisted: 19 October 1914
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 9th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Moonta, South Australia, 15 February 1874
Home Town: Moonta, Copper Coast, South Australia
Schooling: North Adelaide Public School
Occupation: Driver
Died: Illness (Dysentery), Palestine, 12 October 1918, aged 44 years
Cemetery: Haifa War Cemetery
Haifa War Cemetery, Palestine Row A, Grave 9
Memorials: National War Memorial (South Australia)
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World War 1 Service

19 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private
11 Feb 1915: Embarked Private, SN 255, 9th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Karroo, Melbourne
11 Feb 1915: Involvement Private, SN 255, 9th Light Horse Regiment
12 Oct 1918: Involvement Sergeant, SN 255, 9th Light Horse Regiment

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Sergeant J. L. FOREMAN, of the 9th Light Horse, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Foreman, of North Adelaide, died of sickness at the lst East Anglican Field Hospital, Palestine, on October 12, 1918, after four  years' continuous service, during which he was neither wounded nor paraded sick. He enlisted on October 20, 1914, and sailed from Melbourne in January, 1915.
He was for seven months on Gallipoli as stretcher-bearer, and saw service alter the evacuation in Egypt, Syria, and the Palestine campaign.
In a letter, he said the Australian Light Horse felt keenly the contemptuous attitude of some of the people regarding the alleged "picnic" in Palestine. He stated that during the last two and a half years more than l8 months of which were spent under very trying climatic conditions in the desert and the Jordan Valley, he had only
had 14 days' leave. He was well known as an athlete, and won a number of trophies for foot racing. He was also a swimmer, and
spoke in glowing terms of the swimming facilities afforded by the Suez Canal, the Mediterranean Sea, and the River Jordan. He was very popular with his comrades. He leaves a widow and four children.

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Distinguished Conduct Medal. Recommended date: 1st October 1918. Awarded: 29 December 1918 List 399.

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near Marune, north east of Damascus, on 1 October, 1918. When in charge of a flanking patrol he came upon forty seven of the enemy with machine guns and rifles taking up a position of defence. He ordered his party at once to charge, and captured the whole enemy post, comprising one officer and forty six other ranks.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 42
Date: 20 May 1920

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