Foster, Wilfrid Bernard


The elder son of Major Wilfrid Lionel Foster CBE., DSO of the Royal Artillery and Evelyn Mary Foster, daughter of Bernard Edward Cammell.  The family lived at Ryton, near Shifnal, Shropshire.   He was the brother of Reginald John Foster, DFC., AFC (A 1934-1940) and came to Winchester from Mr E Smith’s school at Eastbourne.

Wilfrid did well at Winchester, was five terms in Sixth Book, two terms as a House Prefect followed by a year as a School Prefect and head of his House. He was in OTH XI, soccer XI and twelfth man for Lords, all of which was achieved in the face of repeated illness.

Leaving Winchester in July 1934 he spent some time in France and Germany and in October 1935 went up to Trinity College, Oxford to read History, being awarded a Second in 1938.

He decided on the Army for a career and got a commission in the Royal Artillery ante-dated to February 1937.  He saw active service in France in 1939 and 1940.  After that he was stationed in England and in India until in 1944 he returned to active service in Burma with 2nd Infantry Division.

They were flown into Kohima in April 1944 to help the defence there in what was the fiercest battle of the campaign, assisting in forcing the Japanese retreat.

In February 1945 Foster became a substantive Captain and on 25th of that month was wounded during 2 Division’s crossing of the Irrawaddy River to attack Mandalay.  On 21st March, after fierce fighting, Mandalay fell.   Foster, by now commanding 72nd/86th Battery with the temporary rank of Major, was mortally wounded near Mandalay that day, at the age of 29.   He lies in grave 17.D.9 of the Taukkyan War Cemetery.

 

 

 

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Foster
  • Forenames or initials: Wilfred Bernard
  • House: B
  • Years in School: 1929-1934
  • Rank: Major
  • Regiment: Royal Artillery
  • Date of Birth: 17th July 1915
  • Date of Death: 21st March 1945
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner F2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Taukkyan War Cemetery, Burma (now Myanmar): Grave 17.D.9