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John William FOSTER

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Surname: FOSTER

Forename(s): John William

Place of Birth: Firbank, Westmorland

Service No: 41852

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Alexandra, Princess of Wales Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 'B' Coy 10th (Service) Battalion

Division: 21st Division

Age: 26

Date of Death: 1917-04-11

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: A. 16.

CWGC Cemetery: COJEUL BRITISH CEMETERY, ST. MARTIN-SUR-COJEUL

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: SEDBERGH, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: VALE OF LUNE, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

John William Foster was the son of William and Betsy Foster, née Cummings. William was born at Howgill near Sedbergh, Yorkshire and Betsy at New Hutton, Westmorland.

1891 Firbank, Westmorland Census: Goodies - John W. Foster, aged 11 months, born Firbank, son of Betsey Foster, widow.

1901 Marthwaite, Sedbergh, Yorkshire Census: Lane Ends - John W. Foster, aged 10 years, born Firbank, Westmorland, son of Betsy Foster, widow.

1911 Milnthorpe, Westmorland Census: Viver - John William Foster, aged 20 years, born Firbank, Westmorland. [John was employed by his uncle, Alfred William Cummings, Butcher.]

John was married to Elizabeth Ann Frear in 1914.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte John W. Foster, 41852, Yorkshire Regiment.

For additional information see: ‘Sedbergh and District 1914-1918 - But who shall return the children?’ Compiled by Sedbergh and District History Society. Edited by Diane Elphick (ISBN 978-0-9564303-2-8).

Data Source: Local War Memorial

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---

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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Alexandra, Princess of Wales Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Alexandra, Princess of Wales Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 21st Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 21st Division

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Surname: FOSTER

Forename(s): John William

Born: Firbank, Westmorland

Residence: Stainton, Westmorland

Enlisted: Kendal, Westmorland

Number: 41852

Rank: Private

Regiment: Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion: 10th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 1917-04-11

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes: Formerly 160328 Royal Field Artillery

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Surname: FOSTER

Forename(s): John William

Nationality: United Kingdom

Service Number: 41852

Rank: Private

Regiment: Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own)

Unit: 'B' Coy 10th Battalion

Age: 26

Awards:

Died Date: 1917-04-11

Additional Information: Son of William and Betsy Foster, of Sedbergh, Yorks; husband of Elizabeth Ann Foster, of Field End, Stainton, Kendal.

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‘The Westmorland Gazette’ (28 April 1917)

(Kindly supplied by Sedbergh & District History Society)

STAINTON – KILLED IN ACTION

FOSTER, Pte. J.W. Mrs. Foster, of Field End, has been informed that her husband, Private J.W. Foster, was killed in action in France on April 11th. He was in the Yorkshire Regt., and was a native of Sedbergh, but for a dozen years he had lived in Stainton, working as a butcher for Messrs. Cummings, who are his uncles. He was 26 years of age. His wife was a daughter of Mr. E. Frear, of Bridge End, with whom, since their marriage, the couple had resided. In addition to the widow, two little children are left.

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966

1917

FOSTER John William of Stainton near Kendal Westmorland private 10th battalion Yorkshire regiment died 11 April 1917 in France Probate Carlisle 9 October to Elizabeth Ann Foster widow. Effects £184 5s. 9d.

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Cojeul British Cemetery, St. Martin-sur-Cojeul

Cojeul British Cemetery, St. Martin-sur-Cojeul

CWGC Headstone - [Personal inscription: ‘PEACE PERFECT PEACE’]

Courtesy of David Shackleton

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