Pte Foster Edward Joseph

  • Year of birth: 1894
  • Place of birth: Port Adelaide, Victoria, Australia
  • Date of death: 04/10/1917
  • Place of death: Ypres-Roulers railway - Hill 40, Belgium
  • Cause of death: Killed in action (K.I.A.)
  • Age: 23
  • Profession: Labourer
  • Country: Australia
  • Rank: Private
  • Service number: 289
  • Enlistment date: 12/01/1916
  • Enlistment place: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • Last known unit: Australian Infantry, 43rd Bn. (The Hindmarsh Regiment)
  • Force: Australian Imperial Force

Memorial

Additional information

The former labourer Edward Joseph Foster was 22 years old and single when he enlisted the AIF on 12th Januari 1916. He served before in the Cadet Forces.
He was appointed to the 43rd Battalion (part of the 3rd Division, 11th Brigade), same as his older brother Thomas.
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 Edward Joseph Foster,age 23, was killed by the concussion of a shell and his mates buried him where he fel but after the war his body was never found again. His name is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial bay 27, stone B.
His brother Thomas was wounded on the same day and died in a dressing station the next day.
A third brother John Foster, 48th Battalion returned home to Australia during 1919 as did a fourth
brother, George Foster, 32nd Battalion.