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Name:
Joseph Watson Foster
Casualty No.:
Initials:
J W
Service No.:
1000367
Date of Birth:
Place of Birth:
High Side Farm, Bowbank; baptised 7 March 1889 Laithkirk.
Age at Death:
53
Ranks:
Private, Gunner
Unit:
226th Overseas Battallion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; 14th Reserve Battalion, Bramshott; 14th Reserve Battalion, Dibgate; 44th Battalion, 43rd Battery, Canadian Field Artillery; 8th Army; 43rd Howitzer
Teesdale Township:
Place Enlisted:
Gladstone, Manitoba, Canada, 13th January 1916
Home Address:
Born at High Side Farm, Bowbank, Lunedale Canada
Civilian Employment:
Farmer
Cause of Death:
Date of Death:
3-January-1969
Place of Death:
Deer Lodge Hospital, St James, Manitoba
Battles & Campaigns:
Locally Commemorated:
UK Commemorated:
Overseas Commemorated:
Buried:
Decoration and Medals:
Service :
Army
Service Records:
France. Details in notes below
Death Notice/Obituary:
Family Details:

Brother to Sydney Foster and James Thompson 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); Thomas (died in 1916); Sydney (born 6.7.1890, died 24.9.1920); 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:

Height 5' 4 1/4''

 

Circa 1912, emigrated to Canada. 13.1.1916 enlisted Gladstone, Manitoba, Canada, aged 26 years and 6 months, into the 226th Canadian Expeditionary Force Overseas Battalion; 15.12.1916 embarked SS Olympic, Halifax, Nova Scotia; 7.4.1917 - 31.5.1917 14th Reserve Battalion, first at Bramshott then Dibgate; 31.5.1917 - 24.9.1917 served with the 44th Battalion 43rd Battery Canadian Field Artillery Force, France; 16.6.1917 field; 24.9.1917 transferred to 8th Army; 13.10.1917 ?colm?; 11.12.1917 rejoined unit; 10.6.1918 Good Conduct Badge; 12.7.1918 - 2.8.1918 leave to UK; 22.11.1918 5 days leave to Etaples (possibly for funeral of brother James who died at Etaples 13.11.1918); 1.3.1919 - 11.3.1919 influenza; 31.3.1919 hospital in Basingstoke; 18.6.1919 embarked HMT Saturnia, Glasgow; 1.7.1919 discharged Winnipeg. Went on to farm in Manitoba until his death in 3.2.1969 at Deer Lodge Hospital, St James, Manitoba.  

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Sources:
First Name: Private Individual; Absent Voters List 1918, Richmond Division (North Yorkshire County Record Office); Last Name: Private Individual; Absent Voters List 1918, Richmond Division (North Yorkshire County Record Office); Initials: Private Individual; Service: Private Individual; Absent Voters List 1918, Richmond Division (North Yorkshire County Record Office); Ranks: Private Individual; Service Number: Private Individual; Absent Voters List 1918, Richmond Division (North Yorkshire County Record Office); Unit: 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: Private Individual; Place Enlisted: Private Individual; Home Address: Private Individual; Absent Voters List 1918, Richmond Division (North Yorkshire County Record Office); Civilian Employment: Private Individual; Date of Death: Private Individual; Place of Death: Private Individual; Service Records: Private Individual; Family Details: 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);