FOSTER Walter Francis

Walter Francis FOSTER


Walter was the son of William and Mary Foster and was born at Harrowins, Queensbury on 10 July 1877.  The 1881 census records Walter, his parents and older sister Mary Jane living at Harrowins Hall along with eight staff.  Walter was educated at Repton school.

In 1901 the family were living in Melbourne, Derbyshire, William had passed away, however the census shows that the family employed nine members of staff.

Walter although educated and coming from an upper-class family did not take up a commission in the Military, instead on 29th September 1916 at the age of 39 he enlisted into the Army Service Corps.

Serving as a Driver (Private) with 282nd MT (motor transport) who were attached to 192 Siege Battery, Royal Artillery, Walter arrived in France on 9th November 1916, he was accidently killed on the 17th November.

Walter is one of a small number of British casualties buried in BLANGY-SUR-BRESLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, his grave is situated in a row of French graves in the cemeteries military plot, although the cemetery is far from the front line, the grave and plot is immaculate, this is thanks to the villagers of Blangy-Sur-Bresle.

The estate of Walter went to Harold Johnson Foster and was overseen, as were CWGC communications, by Lt Col Edward H Foster.  He left £27,517 19s 1d.

A bronze plaque in Holy Trinity church remembers Walter.