Edward Foster (VC)

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Edward Foster
Edward Foster VC.jpg
Nickname(s) Tiny
Born (1886-01-04)4 January 1886
Streatham, London
Died 22 January 1946(1946-01-22) (aged 60)
Tooting, London
Buried at Streatham Cemetery
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1915 - 1918
Rank Corporal
Unit The East Surrey Regiment
Battles/wars World War I

Edward Foster VC (4 January 1886 – 22 January 1946) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Foster was 31 years old, and a corporal in the 13th Battalion, The East Surrey Regiment,[1] British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 24 April 1917 at Villers-Plouich, Nord, France, during an attack, the advance was held up in a portion of the village by two machine-guns which were entrenched and strongly covered by wire entanglements. Corporal Foster who was in charge of two Lewis guns succeeded in entering the trench and engaged the enemy guns. One of the Lewis guns was lost, but the corporal rushed forward, bombed the enemy and recovered the gun. Then, getting his two guns into action, he killed the enemy gun team and captured their guns.[2]

Foster was also awarded the Médaille Militaire by France.

The Medal[edit]

His VC is on display in the Lord Ashcroft Gallery at the Imperial War Museum, London.[3]


  1. ^ "Queens Royal Surreys Association". Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "No. 31340". The London Gazette. 15 May 1919. p. 6084. 
  3. ^ "Lord Ashcroft VC Collection". Retrieved 15 January 2013. 

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