The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Lieutenant Ernest Foster

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Ernest George Foster

Ancestor's date of birth: 28/06/1873

Ancestor's date of death: 1954

Cause of Death: Old age

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Stockman and farmer

Service Number: 148

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Kensington

Unit: B Sqn New South Wales Citizens' Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: LT, Date Effective: 08/05/1901

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No evidence of post Boer War service.

Murray Page: 78, 123

Contingent: Third and Fifth New South Wales.

Ship: Maplemore or Atlantean, Date of Sailing: 28/02/1900

Other Boer War Service: When the NSWCB were withdrawn, he stayed in South Africa, joining the 3rd NSWMR, serving till cessation of hostilities.

Memorial details: Buried in the Gosford area.

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Rhodesia, Orange Free State and Transvaal clasps; King's South Africa Medal with South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902 clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Bushman, patriotic, loyal.

Reasons to go and fight: Adventure.

Details of service in war: April 1900 - April 1901 with the NSWCB in Rhodesia, west Transvaal including defence of Elands River Post (4-16 August 1900), and in northern Transvaal, great De Wet hunt (February - March 1901) and advance on Petersburg. promoted sergeant major 19 October 1900. April 1901 - April 1902 with 3 NSWMR in Free State and East Transvaal including Boer breakthrough at Langverwacht (24 February 1902). Commissioned Lieutenant 18 May 1901.

Service and life after the Boer War: Stayed in Africa and purchased a farm under the Milner scheme until returning to Australia in 1926 where he became a dairyman in Gosford

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Robert Clive Pankhurst, Somersby NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson


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