Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1918, Private John Ewart Foord, 5th Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales’ (the Royal Berkshire Regiment), died of wounds received in action in France.
He was educated at Willowfield School, then appenticed to Messrs. Peerless, Dennis & Caffyn’s Aeroplane Works. A promising footballer, he had also been a military cadet in the Royal Gloucesters. Private Foord, being the youngest, was the fifth and last of the sons in his family to enlist. He joined the the 23rd Training Reserve and then transferred to the Royal Berkshire Regiment, serving on the Western Front from the 10th of March, 1918.
In April of that year his battalion was in a defensive position at Bouzincourt Ridge, near the town of Albert, during the last big push of the German Spring Offensive. On the 6th of the month, Private Foord was grievously wounded and taken to the 6th Military Field Hospital in Frevent. He could not be saved and died the following day.
Private Foord lies buried in the St. Hilaire Military Cemetery in Frevent on the Somme, and on his headstone are the words, “We leave thee now our dearest one safe in His gracious keeping until He comes”. He is remembered in the War memorial chapel at Christ Church, Eastbourne, on the memorial plaque in the clubhouse of Eastbourne United Football Club, and on the L’Anneau de la Mémoire war memorial in Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, France.
John, from Bexhill-on-Sea in East Sussex, was 19 years old.