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  • Name: Edward FOSTER
  • D.O.B: 4th Feb, 1886
  • D.O.A: 24th Apr, 1917
  • D.O.D: 22nd Jan, 1946
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Corporal, 13th Battalion The East Surrey Regiment, 40th Division
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Villers-Plouich, France 24 April 1917

24 April 1917

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The First World War 1917 

On 24 April 1917 13th Battalion The East Surrey Regiment attacked and captured the village of Villers-Plouich, in front of the Hindenburg Line, south-east of Arras and south-west of Cambrai.


 For most conspicuous bravery and intitiative. During an attack the advance was held up in a portion of a village by two enemy machine guns, which were entrenched and strongly covered by wire entanglements. Cpl. 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 Cpl. Foster, with reckless courage, rushed forward and bombed the enemy, thereby recovering the gun. Then getting his two guns into action, he killed the enemy gun team and captured their guns, thereby enabling the advance to continue successfully. 

Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette of 26 June 1917. 27 June 1917, Numb. 30154, p. 6382

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