Edward Foster - Green Plaque site
About Edward Foster - Green Plaque site
Cpl Edward Foster (1886-1946) lived in Tooting and was a council dustman before joining 13th Battalion The East Surrey Regiment, a ‘pals battalion’ raised by the Mayor of Wandsworth in 1915. On 24 April, 1917, the 31-year-old was engaged in fighting near the French village of Villers-Plouich. The battalion was held up by a German trench position strengthened with barbed wire and a machine gun. Cpl Foster stormed the trench but during hand to hand fighting he lost his gun and used grenades to dislodge the enemy. He recovered his gun then used it to knock out the machine gun position. As well as the Victoria Cross, he was awarded the Médaille Militaire, France’s third highest decoration for bravery. Cpl Foster survived the war and lived in Tooting until his death in 1946.His Victoria Cross is on display in the Imperial War Museum, London
Location: 92 Fountain Road, SW17 0HN
Unveiled: April 2017
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