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Lionel Archibald Forster (1879–1914)

Captain Lionel Archibald Forster, 1st Battalion, Cheshire Regiment, half-brother of Mr. C. E. Forster, of this city, who died of wounds at the Lycee Hospital, Douai, on November 4 last, was the youngest son of the late William Forster, who was well known in Sydney. An Australian, born in March, 1879, he was educated at Eton, and received his commission in the 2nd Battalion, Cheshire Regiment, in 1898, his lieutenancy a year later, and was promoted to captain in October, 1905. He served with his regiment in the South African War, 1900-1902, and took part in operations in the Orange Free State and Transvaal, and received the Queen's medal with three clasps, and the King's medal with two clasps. In January, 1914, he retired, but rejoined his regiment on the outbreak of war. He married in 1905 Ione, eldest daughter of Mr. James Stanes, and leaves two children.

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March, 1879
London, Middlesex, England


4 November, 1914 (aged 35)

Cause of Death

war wounds

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