FORSTER, Eric Bertie
(Service number 54345)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank Rifleman


Date 3 February 1893 Place of Birth Wellington

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Hutt Road, Petone
Occupation Woollen worker
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single. Married 1917; one child
Next of Kin John FORSTER (father), Police Station, Timaru
Religion Methodist
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 27th Reinforcements, G Company
Date 16 July 1917
Transport Athenic
Embarked From Destination Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With NZ Rifle Brigade

Military Awards

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Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
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Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 27 July 1971 Age 78 years
Place of Death Okaihau
Memorial or Cemetery Kaeo Cemetery
Memorial Reference Servicemen's Section, Plot 15
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Eric Bertie Forster was born on 3 February 1893 at Wellington, the third son of John and Mary Matilda (née Furze) Forster. Eric was educated at Foxton and Feilding schools and at High Street Dunedin School before returing to Feilding. As his father was a sergeant of police, the family moved about quite a lot. His mother died at their Petone residence in December 1912 after a long illness. Eric Forster was a munition-makrer at Petone when he was called up. He named his father as next-of-kin – J. Forster, Police-station, Timaru. Rifleman E. B. Forster embarked for England with the 27th Reinforcements on 16 July 1917.

Single when he enlisted, he married Mary Maud Jensen on 2 July 1917 at Wellington. Their daughter, Ena Mary Forster, was born later that year at Dannevirke, while Eric was overseas. Another daughter was born after his return, in 1920. Eric Bertie Forster died on 27 July 1971 at Okaihau, aged 78 years, and was buried in the Returned Servicemen’s Section of Kaeo Cemetery. Mary Maud Forster died in 1978 and was cremated at Karori.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [19 January 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [19 January 2021]; School Admission records [22 January 2021]; Kaeo Cemetery burial record (Far North District Council) [22 January 2021]; Sun, 13 March 1918, Timaru Herald, 18 March 1918 (Papers Past) [09 April 2015; 16 January 2021]

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