7 July 1916 : 4675 Pte. William Edward Foster, 12th Bn Manchester Regiment

Born at Crumfin, Yorkshire in 1890, William was employed as a coal miner in Burnley, Lancashire at the time of the outbreak of war.

In February 1908, he had enlisted in his local Territorial artillery battery and had only just completed his service terms in 1914. When war broke out, William enlisted into the Manchester Regiment in Nelson, Lancashire and served with the 12th Battalion on the Western Front as from 16th July 1915.

Serving in the southern Ypres Salient for much of his early service, William took part in the fighting on The Bluff during the early spring of 1916 before moving to the Somme where, on the 1 July, his battalion was kept in reserve.

In action in the vicinity of the ‘Quadrangle’ near Mametz on 7 July 1916, William was killed in action and his remains never identified.

His name is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

7 July 1916 killed in action



Research by David O'Mara




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