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Frank Foster was born in Boughton in 1898, and was brought up by his aunt, Mrs Downs, of Holly Hill, Blean. In the 1901 census he was listed as a “nurse-child” living with the family of William and Ellen Lancaster at Poplar Square Boughton and in the 1911 census he was living with John and Mary Downs at Holly Hill. In both censuses his name was spelt Forster.
Before enlisting in London he was a member of the Boughton Division of the St. John Ambulance Brigade, and was employed by Mr Dawes of Mount Ephraim. At a meeting of the Boughton and District Ambulance Brigade Minute held on August 4, 1914, (the note of which is reproduced on this website) a telegram been received asking for volunteers from the Division to join the Expeditionary Force. Members desirous of joining were asked to give in their names the following morning, and Frank, then aged 16, was one of six who gave their names.
Corporal Foster is remembered with honour at Brown’s Copse Cemetery, Roeux, Pas de Calais, France, where his grave reference is I. H. 15. He is also remembered with honour at the War Memorial at Dunkirk Church.
Roeux is a village about 8 kilometres east of Arras. It was built over a system of caves which helped to make its capture in 1917 exceptionally difficult. The cemetery now contains 2,069 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 859 of the burials are unidentified.
Photos - Owen & CWGC
National Archives in association with Ancestry.com. 1901 and 1911 England census database.
British Army WWI Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website: CWGC.org
Faversham and North Kent News
Dunkirk Parish Magazine
Boughton and District Ambulance Brigade Minute , August 4th 1914
Brown’s Copse Cemetery