image from the Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury – 1917.
Born: 1882, Ipswich.
Died: 28th August 1917; age 36; Died of Wounds.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Bertie served in the South African Campaign – a Trooper, regimental number E2589 for the South African Constabulary. He was awarded the S.A. 1901 medal and Orange Free State and Cape Colony clasps.
Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 28503.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 11th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mr & Mrs E. Foster, of 2, Bolton Lane, Ipswich.
1891 134 & 136, Handford Road, Ipswich.
Bertie was 8 years old and living with his parents & sister.
Edward Foster, 34, a Baker – own account, born Woodbridge, Suffolk.
Emma Foster (nee Scoggings), 31, born Gosbeck, Suffolk.
Beatrice Elizabeth Evelyn Foster, 4, born Ipswich.
1 boarder & baker’s assistant.
1901 8, Fore Street, Ipswich.
Bertie was 18 years old, a Baker – Bread Maker. He was living with his parents & siblings.
Edward, 45, a Baker – own account.
Beatrice, 14, a Help in the Baker’s Shop.
Roland Reginald Foster, 9, born Ipswich.
Stanley Robert Foster, 6, born Ipswich.
In August 1906, 24 year old, Bertie, a Baker, embarked at the Port of Southampton. He sailed Steerage Passengers aboard S.S.’Amazon’ (Master J.D. Spooner) to Agentina. He was contracted to land at Buenos Aires.
Soldiers’ Effects to Edward Foster – father.
Bertie is also remembered on ST. BARTHOLOMEW’S CHURCH WAR MEMORIAL, Ipswich.
THREE IPSWICH BROTHERS SERVING
Mr. and Mrs. E. Foster, 6, Tomline Road, Ipswich, have three sons in the Army, their names and regiments being:- (1) Lce.-Corpl. B.E. Foster, now in the 8th Suffolks, served in South African campaign; was formerly in the Argentine. (2.) Pte. R.R. Foster, Middlesex Regiment, wounded in France on April 28th last; previously at the Ipswich Co-Operative Society. (3) Gunner S.R. Foster, R.F.A. now in Egypt; formerly employed at the Star Tea Company, Ipswich.
Suffolk Regiment, 11th Battalion: