Theodore Ambrose FORET

Regimental number2646
Place of birthBallarat Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address80 Norton Street, Ashfield, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Foret, 80 Norton Stceet, Ashfield, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date27 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 2 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 1 September 1918
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialHebecourt British Cemetery (Row B, Grave No. 14), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Constance and Ellen FORET, 24 Wetherill Street, Croydon, New South Wales. Native of Melbourne, Victoria

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the front line north East of SAILLY-le-SEC on 4th July, 1918. Private FORET is a stretcher bearer in the Company garrisoning the front line close to the area of a minor operation carried out that morning. Much of the enemy's retaliation came down on his Coy's Section of the trench, and 2 of his comrades occupying an isolated post within 75 yards of the enemy's front line were seriously wounded. Private FORET, with another man, crawled out to their assistance in broad daylight, and, although several times fired at by enemy snipers he never hesitated until he reached them. he dressed the wounds, all the time risking his life from the bullets of enemy's snipers, and relieved his mates of considerable pain. Late in the afternoon one of the wounded begged for water, and, without waiting for darkness, this brave stretcher bearer, disregarding the risk to his life from snipers' fire, crawled 200 yards under observation to Coy. Headquarters. He returned at dusk, and eventually succeeded in bringing his comrades back to our lines.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal