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This blog post has been prepared by one of our volunteers, Ann Eales.


Roger Foster appears in The Midland Counties Express of 25 November 1916. He served in the South Staffordshire Regiment. He was killed on 13 October 1915 at the age of 26, and left a widow, Mrs Clara Foster, and one child, living at 11 Bank Street, Monmore Green. He had served 8 years in the Territorials and attended Walsall Street Council School.

The name FOSTER, ROGER appears on the CWGC with these detaisl:

Rank: Private

Service No: 1184

Date of Death: 13/10/1915

Regiment/Service: South Staffordshire Regiment 1st/6th Bn.

Panel Reference: Panel 73 to 76.


His Medal Index Record Card shows that he entered the Theatre of War in France 5.3.1915, and was “K in A 13.10.1915.” His name also appears in the Army Register of Soldiers Effects, which records two payments to “Widow, Clara” of £7.16.2 on 11.10.1916, and £4.10.0 on 12.09.1919. No other military records were traced.

Roger Foster’s birth was registered at Wolverhampton in the 3rd quarter of 1891. The 1891 census has Mary Foster, age 28 born in Nottingham, wife of John Foster, and their children, John Alice and Kate. The family was living at 36 Gough Street Wolverhampton. John Foster evidently died, and Mary Foster’s marriage to Thomas Hawthorne was registered at Wolverhampton in the 4th quarter of 1899.

The Hawthorne family consisting of Thomas, age 41, Mary age 38 born Nottingham, Ben 8 months, Alice Foster age16 Kate Foster age 13, and Roger Foster age 9 were living at 29 Union Street at the time of the 1901 census. The 1911 census has Roger Foster age 19 Occupation Tinner, in the Hollow Ware Trade, living at 41 Walsall Street with Thomas Hawthorne, age 51, Mary Hawthorne age 48 born Nottingham and Benjamin Hawthorne age 10.

The Marriage of Roger Foster to Clara Evans was registered at Wolverhampton in the 2nd Quarter of 1913. A FreeBMD search traced the registration of the birth of Mary Foster, Mother’s surname Evans, at Wolverhampton in the 4th quarter of 1913.