Son of Mr. George Foster and Mrs. Mary Ann Foster, of Smithy House, Hulme Walfield, Congleton, Cheshire, 18, Henrietta Street, Congleton, Cheshire, and 30, Rood Hill, Congleton, Cheshire. He had one sister, Mary Alice, Foster, along with five brothers, George, William, David, John William and Joseph Foster. In 1911, he was employed as a Silk Waste Dresser and a Fustian Cutter.
Private Edward Foster enlisted in the 3rd Battalion, the Cheshire Regiment at Congleton on the 11th of December 1915 at the age of 25. He embarked for France on the 4th of July 1916 where he was posted to the 10th Battalion the Cheshire Regiment, attached to the 25th Division, 7th Brigade in the field. He was wounded on the 24th of August 1916.
On the 26th of September the 74th Brigade took over a sector of line immediately south of the River Ancre. The rest of the 25th Division followed. After a series of small scale raids and operations a night attack was made by the Division on the 9th of October, in appalling ground conditions, that captured the northern face of the Stuff Redoubt. German counterattacks were beaten off, before another attack went in to capture " The Mounds" just north of Stuff Redoubt. The Division was then relieved and moved to the Doullens area on the 22nd/23rd of October 1916. On the 31st of October, Divisional H.Q. moved to Bailleul and the forward units took over the Ploegsteert sector. Private Edward Foster was killed in action on the 7th of October most likely in the small raid operations, his body was never recovered, but he is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
Two of his brothers were killed in the war, Private Joseph Foster of the 21st Canadian Infantry being killed on the 2nd of November 1916 and Private George Foster of the East Lancashire Regiment was killed by an aerial bomb, on the 7th September 1917.
Cheshire County Memorial Project would like to thank John and Christopher Pullen for this information on Edwin.