Rank: Private
Service Number: 13613.
Regiment: 7th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment Killed In Action Friday 7th September 1917 Age 24County Memorial Congleton
Grave\Panel Ref: III.E.200.

Son of Mr. George Foster and Mrs. Mary Ann Foster, of Smithy House, Hulme Walfield, Congleton, Cheshire, 18, Henrietta Street, Congleton, Cheshire, and 30, Rood Hill, Congleton, Cheshire.

He had one sister, Mary Alice Foster, along with five brothers, Edward, (Edwin), William, David, John William and Joseph Foster. In 1911, he was employed as a Silk Waste Dresser.

The list of Congleton men who have given their lives in fighting for the cause of freedom and justice increases as the deadly struggle goes on and another name has to be added to the Roll of Honoured Dead. Private George Foster of the East Lancashire Regiment.

The news is particularly sad in as much this makes the third son Mr. and Mrs. Foster have lost in the war.

Private George Foster enlisted at the outbreak of the war and went out to France in July 1915. It was only five weeks prior to his death that he enjoyed a short respite at his home in Rood Hill, Congleton. Consequently, the unexpected suddenness of his death came as a great shock to his relatives and friends. He was 24 years of age and was formerly employed at London Road Station, Manchester. The sad news of the third son of Mr. and Mrs. Foster was conveyed in the following letter.

It is with deep sorrow that I inform you of the death of your son George, who was under my command in the 19th Divisional Salvage Company. He was at first seriously wounded at 14:00 hours on the 7th of September and immediately removed to hospital, where he died the same evening at 18:00 hours. This information I received this morning. His death was caused by a bomb dropped by an enemy aeroplane. Will you please receive the deepest sympathy and sorrow from myself and his comrades by whom he was very much liked. I am sending you, under separate cover, his personal belongings which were left with me. The letter was signed by H. Franklin, a lieutenant in the 19th Divisional Salvage Company to which Private Foster was attached.


As intimated, two other brothers had already fallen in the war. Private Joseph Foster of the 31st Canadian Forces being killed on the 2nd of November 1916 and Private Edward (Edwin) Foster on the 7th of October 1916. A fourth son lies in hospital suffering from wounds. The profound sympathy of all will go out to the bereaved family.

Cheshire County Memorial Project would like to thank John and Christopher Pullen for this information on George.