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Name:
James Thompson Foster
Casualty No.:
Initials:
J T
Service No.:
24742; 247428
Date of Birth:
Place of Birth:
Probably at High Side Farm, Bowbank, Lunedale; baptised 18.9.1895 Laithkirk.
Age at Death:
24
Ranks:
Private
Unit:
The Yorkshire Regiment; 28.1.1917 Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), 8th Battalion; 1.9.1918 Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) 2nd Battalion; West Riding Trans. Sec., 11th Division, A.P.O.
Teesdale Township:
Place Enlisted:
Home Address:
High Side Farm, Bowbank, Lunedale
Civilian Employment:
Cause of Death:
Wounded in action (multiple leg wounds)
Date of Death:
13-January-1918
Place of Death:
Etaples
Battles & Campaigns:
Locally Commemorated:
UK Commemorated:
Laithkirk (Lune Chapel) memorial plaque; also remembered on family grave at Laithkirk;
Overseas Commemorated:
Etaples
Buried:
Etaples Military Cemetary
Decoration and Medals:
Service :
Army
Service Records:
France, including Abbeville and Etaples. Details in notes below
Death Notice/Obituary:
Family Details:

Brother to Joseph Watson Foster and Sydney Foster (see separate entries on the database). 

 

Parents: Joseph of High Side Farm, Bowbank (born 1860, died 1945), and Annie, nee Watson of Stoney Hill Harwood (born 1864, died 1945). Joseph was a farmer and carter. Both are buried at Laithkirk. Joseph and Annie had 13 children. 

 

Brothers and sisters: John (born 1887, died 1950); Joseph Watson (born 2.6.1889, died 3.2.1969); Thomas (died in 1916); Sydney (born 6.7.1890, died 24.9.1920); Mary (born 1893, died 1894); George William (born c. 1894); Arthur (born 1896, died 1982); Elijah (born 5.6.1898, died 1938); Frederick (born 1900, died in the late 1940s); Agnes Annie (born 1902, died 1926); Phoebe Edith (born 28.1. 1904, died 2.2.1904); Rebecca (born 1907, died November 1925).

 

More details of the family history are available from The Bowes Museum Archive. Some family members married and lived locally as farmers or farm workers; some like Joseph Watson and Sydney emigrated to Canada (c. 1912/13), probably in response to the pre-war emigration campaign by the Canadian Government; and a possible 8 of Joesph's and Annie's 13 children died from tuberculosis during the epidemics that hit the dale. Several family members are buried at Laithkirk.    

Notes:

Height 5' 9 1/2''

Copy of service record available at The Bowes Museum.  21.1.1916 mobilised; 15.6.1916 embarked at Southampton for France; 15.6.1916 field Etaples; 5.9.1916 missing in action - wounded to Canadian field hospital, Boulogne; 8.9.1916 England; 12.11.1916 joined Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) 4th Battalion; 14.1.1917 embarked for BEF France and joined Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) 8th Battalion; 22.1.1918 - ?5.2.1918 on leave; July/August 1918 Abbeville; 28.8.1918 Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) 2nd Battalion, in the Field at Etaples; 24.10. 1918 wounded in action; 13.11.1918 died of multiple leg wounds. 

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Sources:
First Name: Private Individual; Absent Voters List 1918, Richmond Division (North Yorkshire County Record Office); Last Name: www.cwgc.org; Private Individual; Absent Voters List 1918, Richmond Division (North Yorkshire County Record Office); Initials: www.cwgc.org; Private Individual; Service: www.cwgc.org; Private Individual; Absent Voters List 1918, Richmond Division (North Yorkshire County Record Office); Ranks: www.cwgc.org; Private Individual; Service Number: www.cwgc.org; Private Individual; Absent Voters List 1918, Richmond Division (North Yorkshire County Record Office); Unit: www.cwgc.org; Private Individual; Absent Voters List 1918, Richmond Division (North Yorkshire County Record Office); Date of Birth: Private Individual; Place of Birth: Private Individual; Age at Death: www.cwgc.org; Private Individual; Home Address: Private Individual; Absent Voters List 1918, Richmond Division (North Yorkshire County Record Office); Cause of Death: Private Individual; Date of Death: www.cwgc.org; Private Individual; Place of Death: Private Individual; UK Commemorated: Private Individual; Overseas Commemorated: www.cwgc.org; Buried: www.cwgc.org; Private Individual; Service Records: Private Individual; Family Details: Private Individual; Notes: Private Indiviudal; Teesdale Townships: Teesdale Poor Law Union 1914; Private Individual; Absent Voters List 1918, Richmond Division (North Yorkshire County Record Office);