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Regiment of my Grandfather - Joseph Foster

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Cuzbrenda Report 16 Jan 2018 10:59

my grandfather born in Liverpool 1899. Next of kin Martha Foster nee Fairclough

Can anyone tell me what regiment he was in please. Injured WW1


KathleenBell Report 16 Jan 2018 11:38

Welcome to the boards Brenda.

Was Martha his mother? If so then this looks like them in the 1911 census:-

1911 England, Wales & Scotland Census Transcription
257 Hornby Street Liverpool, Liverpool, Lancashire, England

First name(s) Last name Relationship Marital status Sex Age Birth year Birth place Occupation

Martha Foster Wife Single Female 52 1859 Liverpool Lancs Fish Dealer (the image says she is a widow)
Thomas Foster Son Single Male 28 1883 Liverpool Lancs Dock Labourer
Elizabeth Foster Daughter Single Female 21 1890 Liverpool Lancs Working On Mothers Stall
William Foster Son - Male 14 1897 Liverpool Lancs Railway Cart Boy
Joseph Foster Son - Male 12 1899 - -

Unfortunately Joseph Foster is quite a common name so it will not be easy to find his regiment or service number without more information.

Kath. x


Cuzbrenda Report 16 Jan 2018 16:00

Yes that is the family as he was not married his mother would have been his next of kin.

During the war he was down as a/n which meant he had joined the Navy or Army.
He was injured when he was in France. Still no record.

But unable to find the a regiment been told possibly destroyed during WW2

Thank you for your help. Brenda


kira112 Report 16 Jan 2018 19:18

Do you know his exact birthdate

Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 16 Jan 2018 19:25

Is he below?...

Chris :)

Baptism: 22 Mar 1899 Christ Church, Hunter St, Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Joseph Foster - [Child] of Thomas Foster & Martha
Born: 12 Mar 1899
Abode: 34 Gadsby Street
Occupation: Labourer
Baptised by: H. W. Meeres Vicar
Register: Baptisms 1872 - 1919, Page 176, Entry 4538
Source: LDS Film 1656153

No idea on below, a few on there!...(a Search using Number should help)

Silver War Badge Roll Transcription (Find My Past) (also Ancestry)

First name(s) Joseph
Last name Foster
Service number 14081
Rank Private
Badge number 246063
Enlistment date 31-Aug-1914
Discharge date 03-Aug-1917
Regiment/unit 3rd Batt. Liverpool Regiment
Cause of discharge Wounds 392 (xvi)
Badge date of issue 20-Sep-1917

(xvi. No longer physically fit for war service)

(Info. about)

Over one million Silver War Badges were issued to men and women who were honourably discharged due to illness or injury during World War One.

The badge was first issued in 1916, and could be applied for by all of those discharged since the start of the war. Approximately half of the almost two million men and women who were eligible to wear the badge applied for it.

The small circular silver badge bears the initials of the King and a crown and is inscribed with the words ‘For King and Empire, Services Rendered’