Foster, Edmund Montgomery


War Service:
Private 6863 Edmund Montgomery FOSTER of 44th company, Imperial Yeomanry, died of enteric fever at Krugersdorp on 4 February 1901.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the South African War memorial at Blackheath Proprietary School. He is also remembered on Castle Meadows. County Memorial. Norwich, NORFOLK.

The Times of February 2 carried a report that he was dangerously ill and his death was reported on 9 February.

Krugersdorp Gazetteer: [2626: 2606-2745] a town in the South African Republic (Krugersdorp district; Gauteng), 33 km west of Johannesburg. Burghers from the town and district formed a commando which saw action on the Natal front, (Cmdt Claasens; Cmdt van Wyk; Cmdt F.J. Potgieter; Cmdt J.C. Bodenstein; Cmdt S.F. Alberts; Cmdt P.W.A. Mulder). After the battle of Doornkop (2)* (Klipriviersberg*) on 29 May 1900 many burghers retired to Krugersdorp. The town was occupied by Lt-Gen Sir A Hunter's 10th infantry division on 18 June and garrisoned by the 1st The Royal Welsh Fusiliers and half a battalion of the 2nd The Royal Scots Fusiliers from Maj-Gen G. Barton's 6th infantry brigade. Lt-Gen Lord Methuen's 1st infantry division concentrated at Krugersdorp on 18 July for action in the western Transvaal. Krugersdorp was an important supply centre for activities in this area. It was the location of both white and black concentration refugee camps. HMG III pp.81 and 232 (map no.38); Times II p.195 (map facing p.286); Warwick p.154; Cd.819.

Medals: The Queen's South Africa (QSA) Medal Clasps: Wittebergen, Cape Colony, Transvaal, South Africa 1901


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