This post was written by Victoria Doran
It has not been possible to establish his parentage, nor his connection to north west Wirral. What follows is the little that has been found about him.
Any further information would be most welcome.
Charles Foster Book of Remembrance entry
Charles Edward Foster was born about 1881.
He enlisted as Private 12479 of the King’s Liverpool Regiment on 10 August 1914. He is not amongst the men from Hoylake and West Kirby listed in the Deeside Advertiser of 6 November 1914 as already serving with the colours, so presumably he was not resident in the area when he enlisted.
King’s Liverpool Regiment cap badge
On 16 June 1915 he landed in France. It is not known what battalion he belonged to as this is 2 weeks after the 11th Battalion landed, so he was probably transferred later.
On 26 May 1916 he was discharged from the Army under Para 392 (xvi) of the King’s Regulations, which meant he was unfit for service due to illness. At this point he was a Lance Corporal in the 11th Battalion. This was a Pioneer Battalion, so they would have done trench work at the front line under fire, but probably did not ‘go over the top’.
On 4 January 1917 he was awarded Silver War Badge 105056. The Silver War Badge was introduced so that men who had served and were no longer fit would no longer be treated by the public as shirkers.
On 21 February 1921 he died at Druid’s Cross Military Hospital at Rainhill aged 40.
He is commemorated on Grange Hill War Memorial, but does not have a Commonwealth War Grave as he had been discharged from the army before he died.
It is not known where he is buried.
Birth: about 1881
Death: 21 February 1921 at Druids Cross Military Hospital, Rainhill; of illness
Address: not known
Occupation: not known
Unit: 11th (Pioneer) Battalion, King’s Liverpool Regiment
Number and Rank: 12479; Lance Corporal
Medals: Victory & British War; Silver War Badge
Commemorated: Grange Hill War Memorial, West Kirby
Sources: MC, BR, GH, Silver War Badge records