• Year of birth: 1884
  • Place of birth: Geelong, Victoria, Australia
  • Date of death: 05/10/1917
  • Place of death: Ypres-Roulers railway - Hill 40, Belgium
  • Cause of death: Died of wounds (D.O.W.)
  • Age: 33
  • Profession: Labourer
  • Country: Australia
  • Rank: Private
  • Service number: 1868A
  • Enlistment date: 06/03/1916
  • Enlistment place: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • Last known unit: Australian Infantry, 43rd Bn. (The Hindmarsh Regiment)
  • Force: Australian Imperial Force

Cemetery

Additional information

The former labourer Thomas Foster was 32 years old and single when he enlisted the AIF on 6th
March 1916.
He was appointed to the 43th Battalion (part of the 3rd Division, 11th Brigade), so was his younger
brother Edward Joseph. Other brothers in the war, were John (48th Btln) and George (32th Btln).

At 01.50 a.m. the 4th October 1917 all of the 43th Battalion was in position NW of Zonnebeke in
front of Hill 40. At 05.30 a.m. the Germans opened heavy shell fire on the foreward area and this
was still continuing at zero hour.
At 06.00 a.m. the Britisch artillery barrage opened and the assault Copmpanies moved forward. Resistance was temporarily made by the Germans from Hill 40 on the right by machine gun fire and on
the left by bombs. The machine gun caused some casualties but was quickly quitened by the rapid
opening of fire by one of the Lewis Guns and the German machine gun surrounded and put out of action.
The bombing on the left was easily overcome and the strongpoint on the top of Hill 40 was surrounded. Moppers cleared several stronpoints and a line of trenches.
At 06.30 a.m. the objective, about 700 yards from the jump off trench was captured and dugouts
along the Railway line. The Battalion then lay in wait for the other Battalions (42nd, 44th and 41st)
to pass through and when these had all moved forward, the three assaulting Companies commenced
consilidating their line.

During these events private Thomas Foster ,age 33, got wounded and brought to the 11th Australian
Field Ambulance where he died the next day. His remains are now to find in the Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, plot I, row F, grave 69.
The same day in the same battle, his younger brother Edward Joseph was killed in action.
A third brother John Foster, 48th Battalion returned home to Australia during 1919 as did a fourth
brother, George Foster, 32nd Battalion.