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Company Sergeant  Major John William Forster   (..........)

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  • Where Born :  North Shields area   
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  • Rank on Discharge :Company Sergeant Major
  • Date of Army Enlistment :   1818
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  • Regimental # :356
  • Date Discharged Army : 1843
  • Comments Regarding Army DischargeRetired 
  • Where Discharged : Sydney
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  • Where Died / Buried : originally at the Devonshire St  Cemetery. The remains were relocated to the Botany Cemetery Matraville, Sydney.
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    Colour Sergeant John William FORSTER of the 80th he was originally buried at the cemetery located where the Sydney Central Railway Stn is now located. As one or more of the cemetery keepers were in the habit of using fallen headstones as footpath pavers it proved impossible to positively identify many of the remains. I believe it was originally called the DEVONSHIRE ST Cemetery. The remains were relocated to the Botany Cemetery Matraville, Sydney.

    He was apparently born in the North Shields area and enlisted in 1818 with a regt id number of 356. He retired in 1843 whilst in NSW as a Company Sergeant Major. A 25 year man. Payroll records indicate that he was the NCOIC at the Turong Stockade. The chain gangs were used to build the Great South Road (later re-named the Hume Highway). Turong is located north of Goulburn.

    Whilst his surname was Forster but his sonís name was later spelt as Foster;


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