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Name:
Sydney Foster
Casualty No.:
Initials:
S
Service No.:
1260254
Date of Birth:
6-January-1890
Place of Birth:
High Side Farm, Bowbank, Lunedale; baptised 24.1.1893 Laithkirk.
Age at Death:
29
Ranks:
Driver/Wheeler
Unit:
Canadian Field Artillery 3rd Divisional Ammunition Company; 10th Brigade; 8th Brigade; 43rd Howitzer Batty
Teesdale Township:
Place Enlisted:
Shorncliffe, England
Home Address:
Widow, Elizabeth, lived at: Garth House, West End, Mickleton, N.R. Yorkshire Garth House, Mickleton
Civilian Employment:
Farmer
Cause of Death:
Attributable to military service - see notes
Date of Death:
24-January-1920
Place of Death:
Battles & Campaigns:
Locally Commemorated:
UK Commemorated:
Laithkirk (Lune Chapel) War Memorial ;
Overseas Commemorated:
Buried:
Canadian war grave at Laithkirk (Lune Chapel) churchyard
Decoration and Medals:
Service :
Army
Service Records:
France. See notes below
Death Notice/Obituary:
Family Details:

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

 

Next of kin; wife Mary Elizabeth (m. 27.5.1912); son Johnny.  

 

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); Thomas (died in 1916); Joseph Watson (born 2.6.1889, died 3.2.1969); Mary (born 1893, died 1894); George William (born c. 1894); James Thompson (born c. September 1894, died 13.11.1918); 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 Library. 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:

Circa 1913, emigrated to Canada; 27.7.1916 returned to England and enlisted at Shorncliffe, posted to Canadian Field Artillery, Unit Reserve Brigade; 19.3.1917 posted to 3rd Divisional Ammunition Company: 23.3.1917 arrived France and attached to column in the field under fire; 14.4.1917 joined 10th Brigade; 21.5.1917 joined 8th Brigade; 9.6.1918 Lord Derby War Hospital, Warrington;  6.8.1919 Exhaustion Psychosis attributable to active service; 27.19.1919 discharged No 2 Canadian Discharge Depot, Oxford Street to Lord Derby War Hospital; died 24.9.1920 (attributable to military service).  

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First Name: www.cwgc.org; 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; Place Enlisted: Private Individual; Home Address: www.cwgc.org; Private Individual; Absent Voters List 1918, Richmond Division (North Yorkshire County Record Office); Civilian Employment: Private Individual; Cause of Death: Private Individual; Date of Death: www.cwgc.org; Private Individual; UK Commemorated: www.cwgc.org; Private Individual; Buried: www.cwgc.org; Private Individual; Service Records: Private Individual; Family Details: www.cwgc.org; Private Individual; Notes: Private Individual; Teesdale Townships: Teesdale Poor Law Union 1914; Private Individual; Absent Voters List 1918, Richmond Division (North Yorkshire County Record Office);