FOSTER , Alfred, Sgt

Posted: October 31, 2014 in WW I ARMY
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FOSTER, Alfred, 10500, Sergeant.

1st Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers.

He was born in Darlaston

He enlisted at Wednesbury and first arrived in France on the 6th October 1914.

He was killed in action on the 25th October 1916.

He is buried in Plot I. C. 8. Euston Road Cemetery, France.

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Alfred was entitled to the 1914 Star with Clasp, War Medal and Victory Medal.

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He also served in the 2nd Battalion R S F at some point.

Home address Darlaston.

FOSTER, Arthur.

Posted: October 29, 2014 in WW I ARMY
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FOSTER, Arthur.

He was buried on the 6th April 1926 in James Bridge Cemetery, Darlaston.

His address at the time of his death was 4, Edward St, Wednesbury.

 

This is all that is presently known about Arthur Foster can anyone offer more information please?

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FOSTER, Herbert, 35540, Gunner.

No 2 Depot, Royal Field Artillery.

He was born in 1879 at Darlaston the son of Joseph and Mary Foster.

He married Betsy Prudence Blackburn? on the 2nd June 1906 at All Saints, Moxley.

Herbert’s war record is unusual if not unique; he enlisted twice and was discharged twice.

He first enlisted on the 13th October 1914 at Darlaston and two days later he was in Newhaven, Sussex where he joined No 1 depot Royal Garrison Artillery. Though from his papers it seems that he was originally destined for the South Staffordshire Regiment, but this is crossed through.

Despite being passed as fit for General Service by Dr Lockhart Lowe at Darlaston his first period of Army life lasted just 14 days.

He was discovered to be suffering from decayed teeth and dyspepsia and he was deemed;

“Not being likely to become an efficient soldier.”

He was discharged on the 26th October 1914.

This did not put him off the idea of serving his country; he enlisted, for a second time, at Darlaston on the 9th July 1915. This time it was he was destined for the Royal Field Artillery.

He seems to have been engaged in various Depots’ around England and from the 23rd June 1916 he was “Employed in Munitions”.  He does not seem to have served abroad.

He was discharged* due to sickness and awarded a Silver War Badge.

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He died on the 23rd February 1917, aged 37.

He was buried in Plot R. 194. James Bridge Cemetery, Darlaston on the 29th February 1917.

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His name is not on any of the Plaques but was added very recently and carved into the stone below the 1917 Plaque.

I have as yet been unable to find any medals for Herbert, this is possible if he never served abroard.

At the time of the 1911 census the family was living at 8, Heathfield Lane, Darlaston.

Herbert Foster. H (32) Riveter at Boiler yard.

Betsy Prudence Foster. W (28)

Herbert Foster. S (4y 10m)

Mary Foster. D (9m)

William Franklin. Visitor (32)

They later had Doris in 1912 and Sarah Ann in 1914.

At both times he enlisted their address was 22, Foundry St, Darlaston.

*Both his Pension and Silver War Badge records show his date of discharge as 11th March 1917 though this is almost three weeks after his death.

It could be that he was seen by the Army Doctor who recommended a discharge but he died before this could be made official.

CARTER, Arthur, Lt.

Posted: October 28, 2014 in WW II ARMY
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CARTER, Arthur, 220614, Lieutenant.

5th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of York’s Own).

He was the son of George and Mary Carter.

He married Vera Elizabeth

He was killed in action on the 25th July 1942 aged 31.

He has no known grave and is remembered on the Alamein Memorial, Egypt.

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NOTES.

He may have been born in Yorkshire.

Arthur enlisted as a member of the South Staffordshire Regiment.

His name is also recorded on the Rubery Owen Memorial.

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CARTER, James Thomas, 14420355, Private.

10th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment).

He was the son of Henry and Nellie Carter of Bentley, Darlaston.

He was killed in action on the 20th August 1944 aged 19.

He is buried in Plot V. C. 12. Banneville-Le-Campagne War Cemetery, France.

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FOWELL, George Henry, T2/017795, Driver.

Royal Army Service Corps.

He was born in the summer of 1885 at Darlaston

He was married to Isabella

He enlisted on the 16th October 1914.

George was discharged from Army service due to sickness on the 13th January 1919 and awarded the Silver War Badge.

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He died on the 19th April 1920 aged 34.

He was buried in Plot P. 51. James Bridge Cemetery, Darlaston on the 23rd April 1920.

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At the time of his enlistment the family address was 2 Hse, 3 Ct, Foster St, Darlaston.

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FRANKLIN, William, 8940, Private.

1st Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment.

He was born at Darlaston

He enlisted at Wolverhampton and after he completed his training he was deployed to France on the 9th November 1914.

He was killed in action on the 16th May 1915 aged 35.

He has no known grave and is remembered on the Le Touret Memorial, France.

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The Le Touret Memorial commemorates over 13,400 British soldiers who were killed in this sector of the Western Front from the beginning of October 1914 to the eve of the Battle of Loos in late September 1915 and who have no known grave.

William was entitled to the 1914 Star with Clasp, War Medal and Victory Medal.

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He was the brother of John Franklin, 56, Wolverhampton St, Darlaston.

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GARRATT, Edward, 151514, Gunner.

118th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery.

He was born at Darlaston in 1880 the only son of Edward and Jane Garratt.

He enlisted at Darlaston

He died of wounds on the 11th September 1917 at 72 Field Ambulance, France.

He is buried in Plot II. D. 15. Bedford House Cemetery, Belgium.

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In all, 5,139 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War are buried or commemorated in the enclosures of Bedford House Cemetery.

Edward was entitled to the War Medal and Victory Medal.

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From the 1911 census we see that Edward was single and living with the family above his father’s business at 87, Pinfold St, Darlaston.

Edward Garratt. H (71)

Edward Garratt. S (30) Architect and Surveyor.

May Garratt. D (25)

Annie Garratt. D (23)

In his will he left £380. 7s. Administration was awarded to Elizabeth Annie Garratt. (Sister?)

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Edward and Jane Garratt with their children outside the family business and home in the 1890’s.

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An enlargement of Edward jr taken from the previous photo, unfortunately he moved his head.

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GILDER, Walter, 16970, Private.

18th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers.

He was born at Darlaston in 1895 the eldest son of Charles and Mary Gelder.

He enlisted at Darlaston.

He was killed in action on the 24th August 1916.

He has no known grave and he is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France.

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The Thiepval Memorial, the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave.

Walter was entitled to the War Medal and Victory Medal.

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On the Memorial and in military sources he is recorded as Gilder, in the census’s and Electoral rolls the spelling in Gelder.

At the time of the 1911 census the family were living at 56c, Hewitt’s Buildings, Foundry St, Darlaston.

Charles Gelder. H (41)

Mary Gelder. W (34)

Walter Gelder. S (15) Tube fitter’s labourer in Tube Works.

Mary Gelder. D (11)

Albert Gelder. S (7)

Martha Gelder. D (9)

William Gelder. S (5)

Clara Gelder. D (4)

David Gelder. S (1)

Joseph Gelder. S (1month)

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GITTINGS, Arthur, 39515, Private.

‘B’ Company, 4th Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment.

He was born at Darlaston the son of Arthur and Alice Gittings

He died of wounds on the 14th April 1918 aged 21.

He has no known grave and is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium.

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Arthur was entitled to the War Medal and Victory Medal.

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When he enlisted his address was 5, Foster St Terrace, Darlaston. His parents were still there at the end of the war.

In all of the military references he is Gittins but on the War Memorial and in the 1919 electoral records for his parents it is Gittings.