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James Eric FOUBISTER

Regimental number7557
Place of birthClifton Hill Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationOrchardist
Address58 Arthur Street, Fairfield
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, James J. Foubister, 58 Arthur Street, Fairfield
Enlistment date5 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name2nd Divisional Signal Company, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/12/2
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Signal Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Work near Peronne on 31 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 6 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the attack on the 31st August, 1918, near PERONNE, this sapper laid and maintained lines to Battalions across the SOMME. The sector was particularly heavily shelled especially at the river crossing. He went from one end to the other repairing the breaks in the cable, although the shell fire at the crossing was most intense. His dogged determination and resourcefulness was undoubtedly the means whereby communication to Battalions was effected. Although very tired and worn out at this period, having been on duty continuously for 63 hours, this man's courage and devotion to duty was exceptionally conspicuous.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

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