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John Foster

John Foster[1]

Male 1905 - 1989  (84 years)

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  • Name John Foster 
    Born 7 Feb 1905  Wavertree Vale, Liverpool, Lancashire, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Address:
    Wavertree Vale No 108, Liverpool, Lancashire, UK 
    John Foster birth 1905
    John Foster birth 1905
    John was born 7 Feb 1905, Lissant Street, Edge Hill, Liverpool
    Gender Male 
    Census 2 Apr 1911  Liverpool, Lancashire, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Occupation 2 Apr 1911  Liverpool, Lancashire, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Occupation 22 Oct 1938  Birkenhead, Cheshire, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 22 Oct 1938  Lundy Street, Everton, Lancashire, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Lundy Street No 30, Everton, Liverpool, Lancashire, UK 
    Died 15 Apr 1989  Whiston General Hospital, Prescot, Lancashire, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: Bronchopneumonia 
    John Foster death 1989
    John Foster death 1989
    John Foster death, age 84, 15 April 1989, Whiston General Hospital, Merseyside.
    Buried 19 Apr 1989  Springfield Crematorium, Springwood Avenue, Woolton, Liverpool, Lancashire, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings 8 siblings 
    Person ID I102  Foster
    Last Modified 12 Feb 2014 

    Father William Bruce Foster,   b. 1 Dec 1869, Penwortham, Lancashire, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Mar 1930, Knotty Ash, Liverpool, Lancashire, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Mother Emily Hall,   b. 7 Jul 1870, Bewley Street, Liverpool, Lancashire, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Nov 1923, Smithdown Road Hospital, Liverpool, Lancashire, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Married 17 May 1891  St Peter Church, Church Street, Liverpool, Lancashire, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Address:
    50 Lissant Street, West Derby 
    • Witnesses to the marriage were Thomas Foster, William's elder brother, and Mary Ellen Barrett.
    William Bruce Foster marriage to Emily Hall 1891
    William Bruce Foster marriage to Emily Hall 1891
    William Bruce Foster married Emily Hall on 17 May 1891, at St Peter Church, Church Street, Liverpool.
    Residence (Between 1898-1901)  Wavertree Vale, Liverpool, Lancashire, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Wavertree Vale No 108, Liverpool, Lancashire, UK 
    Residence 1918  Beaumont Street, Liverpool, Lancashire, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Beaumont Street No 74, Liverpool, Lancashire, UK 
    Residence 1923  Alt Street, Toxteth Park East, Liverpool, Lancashire, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    Alt Street No 5, Toxteth Park East, Liverpool, Lancashire, UK 
    Family ID F41  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Spouse Minnie Louisa Ferguson,   b. 1 Feb 1914, Lloyd Street, Everton South, Liverpool, Lancashire, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Feb 2007, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool, Lancashire, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 22 Oct 1938  St Chrysostom Church, Queens Road, Everton, Lancashire, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Winesses to the marriage were Roger Foster, John's cousin, and Ellen Ferguson, Minnie's elder sister.

      Minnie was given away by her brother-in-law Will Foster, because her stepfather refused.

      John and Minnie started their married life in Lundie Street, Everton.
      Immediately after the birth of their 1st child David, they moved to a new house thay had bought at 82 Greystone Road, Stoneycroft. One of John's football idols, Billy Liddell, moved into a new house just round the corner after the war.

      In 1947, after living for 6 months with Minnie's sister Lily and her husband Harry in Longview Avenue, Huyton, the family moved into 48 Kremlin Drive, an old Victorian 3 storey house (plus basement) that had seen better days. There was a grid in the path leading up to the front door - when coal was delivered, this grid was removed so that the coal sacks could be emptied straight into the coal store in the basement.

      Because money was tight, the family took in lodgers, some of whom became and remained friends for many years. One of these was a German POW, Heinz Holzhauser, who remained in Liverpool, Lancashire, UK after the war.

      This remained the family home until 1982, when John and Minnie moved into smaller rented accommodation in Gregory Way Childwall, where they lived near John's brother Sid and his wife Eve, and near John's sister Elsie, who was recently widowed. They lived there until John's death in 1989.
    John Foster and Minnie Ferguson marriage 1938
    John Foster and Minnie Ferguson marriage 1938
    John Foster and Minnie Ferguson were married on 22 October 1938, at St Chrystostom Church, Queens Road, Everton, Liverpool.
    John Foster and Minnie Ferguson small wedding group, 1938
    John Foster and Minnie Ferguson small wedding group, 1938
    This is a small group of close family members outside St Chrysostom Church, Everton, Liverpool, 22 Oct 1938.
    A wedding group: John Foster and Minnie Ferguson, 22 Oct 1938
    A wedding group: John Foster and Minnie Ferguson, 22 Oct 1938
    John and Minnie were Dave's parents. They married at St Chrysostom Church, Queens Road, Everton, Liverpool.
    Children 
    +1. D.J. Foster
    +2. S.A. Foster
    Last Modified 20 Feb 2014 
    Family ID F37  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Address:
    Wavertree Vale No 108, Liverpool, Lancashire, UK - 7 Feb 1905 - Wavertree Vale, Liverpool, Lancashire, UK
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    Link to Google MapsCensus - Age: 6y - 2 Apr 1911 - Liverpool, Lancashire, UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - scholar - 2 Apr 1911 - Liverpool, Lancashire, UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - shipwright - 22 Oct 1938 - Birkenhead, Cheshire, UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Address:
    Lundy Street No 30, Everton, Liverpool, Lancashire, UK - 22 Oct 1938 - Lundy Street, Everton, Lancashire, UK
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    Link to Google MapsMarried - 22 Oct 1938 - St Chrysostom Church, Queens Road, Everton, Lancashire, UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Bronchopneumonia - 15 Apr 1989 - Whiston General Hospital, Prescot, Lancashire, UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 19 Apr 1989 - Springfield Crematorium, Springwood Avenue, Woolton, Liverpool, Lancashire, UK Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    John Foster,c1949
    John Foster,c1949
    John Foster,c1949, dressed immaculately, on holiday!
    John Foster, c1923
    John Foster, c1923
    This looks like a studio photo, so perhaps was taken to celebrate John's 18th birthday, but perhaps it was earlier.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Family group: John Foster's family at the caravan, c1956
    Family group: John Foster's family at the caravan, c1956
    The family had a caravan at Gronant near Prestatyn in North Wales. This was obviously a weekend when Minnie's family arrived on a visit.
    Family group: just Fosters, 1946
    Family group: just Fosters, 1946
    The families of John, Will and Sid Foster, on holiday in North Wales (it was always North Wales!) c1946. The photo must have been taken by Sid.
    Family group:  John Foster and his boys, c1950
    Family group: John Foster and his boys, c1950
    This photo shows off the car that John won on the football pools in 1946. We were one of the first families in the road to own a car. Almost certainly taken by Mum and almost certainly in North Wales.
    Note the damaged rear end. Dad never did pass a driving test.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    The Foster and Westhead families on a men-only weekend, c1962.
    The Foster and Westhead families on a men-only weekend, c1962.
    This was taken outside the only pub in Llannefyd, the Hawk & Buckle.
    Sid Foster and Eveline Griffiths wedding group, 1936
    Sid Foster and Eveline Griffiths wedding group, 1936
    Sid and Eve married in Jun 1936. This photo shows bride and groom on the left, followed by Eve's sister Belle and Sid's brother John.

  • Notes 
    • John was born on 7 Feb 1905 at home in Lissart Street, on the Western side of the West Derby district in Liverpool, Lancashire, UK.

      At the age of 13, he nearly died from pneumonia, and although he recovered he was left with a very weak chest all his life.

      John left Chatsworth Steet School about 17 Apr 1919. His school reference, written by the headmaster (G Carmichael?), states: "John Foster, Standard Seven, is a boy of very good character and intelligence. I can recommend him with confidence, as I always found him to be honest, obedient, xxxxx and clean. He should prove a trustworthy and conscientious employee, as he is bright, active and a boy who has constantly shown a steady and pleasing character."

      He worked all his life as a joiner. At the outbreak of WWII, he was working at Camel Lairds shipyard in Birkenhead - an occupation that protected him from being called up . He should have been exempt anyway, because of the chest condition his pneumonia left him with. BUT - he enlisted! He served in the Royal Engineers, until invalided out in 1945. In 1944 he was crew on one of the barges that switched the troops from the ships to the Normandy beaches during the D-Day landings. He spent some time at Arromanches in France after this.

      His medical discharge notes from the army described him as having only a short time to live. He lived another 44 years. But he did suffer from tuberculosis, and spent 18 months in a sanatorium near Frodsham in Cheshire, UK recovering. Subsequently he resumed work, but his chest was so bad that he could no longer work the long hours that joinery on a building site entailed - so he worked as a joiner for Liverpool, Lancashire, UK Council.

      John was a lifelong Liverpool, Lancashire, UK FC supporter. Before the war, he and his elder brother Willie travelled a lot to away matches. He loved talking to supporters of the opposition in the pub before matches, and he was appalled later when inter-club rivalries became more bitter and violent.

      During the later years of his life, he became a seaon ticket holder at the club, and went to most matches, but towards the end of his life he was disappointed that so may matches were played in the evenings, because his chest condition prevented his going to evening games.

      John died early in the morning of 15 April 1989, just hours before 97 Liverpool, Lancashire, UK supporters were killed at the FA Cup semi final against Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, UKshire, UK Forest at Hillsborough stadium, Sheffield.

      John's favourite expression was "Dog bite me!" What did it mean?

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] Parish Records.

    2. [S4] CRI.

    3. [S284] UK Census 1911 Liverpool, Lancashire, UK RG14PN22271 RG78PN1316 RD454 SD3 ED20 SN127 (Head is Wm Bruce Foster.), (RG14PN22271 RG78PN1316 RD454 SD3 ED20 SN127), RG14PN22271 RG78PN1316 RD454 SD3 ED20 SN127, 2 Apr 1911.