Thomas George Foster

Informations sur naissance

Date de naissance:
Lieu de naissance:
Coromandel, Waikato, New Zealand

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Informations service militaire

New Zealand
Force armée:
New Zealand Expeditionary Force
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Incorporation date:
Incorporation nom de lieu:
Trentham, Wellington, New Zealand
 —  Canterbury Regiment, 2nd Bn.  (Dernière unité connue)

Informations sur décès

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Lieu de décès:
Judge Cross Roads, Belgique
Cause du décès:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Polygon Wood Cemetery
Parcelle: /
Rangée: G
Tombe: 15

Distinctions et médailles 2

British War Medal
Victory Medal

Points d'intérêt 3

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Mon histoire

Private Thomas George Foster, a 30 year old bushman, served in the Canterbury Regiment 2st Battalion, part of the 2nd New Zealand Brigade, of the New Zealand Division.

The Division participate in the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917. After the offensive the New Zealand Division held the line in and around Polygon Wood. In early December the New Zealand Division wanted to improve its positions and tried to take the heights round Polderhoek Chateau. The Division made some gains, suffering heavy casualties, but they did not succeed in capturing the Chateau and the surrounding heights.

The new front line system had to be fortified, and the Battalions in the line worked on improving their trenches. Except in a few places close up the frontline, there were no communication trenches in the Divisional sector. All the traffic up to the line was confined to a few duck tracks. The Germans were well aware of these tracks, which were frequently shelled. From their positions in Polderhoek Chateau they had an excellent view on the British and New Zealand positions.
At first the muddy terrain round the tracks smothered many shells, greatly reducing the danger. But when it started freezing days before Christmas the terrain hardened. At first this seemed to make lives in the trenches a bit better as the ground became solid. However it did not much add to the discomfort, as the frozen ground increased the danger zone of the shells. Consequently even badly aimed shells could cause casualties to troops using the tracks.
Later on, when frosty nights were followed by sunny days, several casualties were caused by gas. The content of gas shells that were fired during the night, had remain liquid till the heat of the sun caused them to evaporate. In the morning of 18 February the headquarters of the 2nd Brigade and 2nd Canterbury Battalion were gassed at the Butte.

By the end of February the New Zealand Division had been in the line for over three months. The 2nd Canterbury Battalion was in the line at Judge Cross roads, when they were relieved in the night of 22/23 February. Private Thomas George Foster was killed in the Judge Cross Roads sector. He possibly fell due to shell fire while holding and improving the frontline. He was buried at Polygon Wood cemetery, where he is still remembered today.

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"The History of the Canterbury Regiment, N.Z.E.F. 1914-1919", Ferguson D., Auckland, Whitcombe and Tombs Limited, 1921, pg. 218-224.
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