Tuesday 10 March 2009

Lance-Corporal Charles James Foster, MM

Born on 2 May 1882 in Yorkshire, England - son of Charles James Foster, Norwanton, Yorkshire, England - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as bricklayer, single, no current or previous military service, Church of England, height of 5 feet 4 inches, chest of 35 inches fully expanded, swarthy complexion, hazel eyes, brown hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Barriefield, Ontario, on 6 July 1915 (number 410737) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 24 April 1919.

Awarded the Military Medal - no citation - unit recommendation dated 7 November 1917: "During operations Oct. 29th to Nov. 2/17 this man displayed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in his capacity of Battn. runner."

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