The finding and reburial
18-Oct-14 age 27
2nd Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers

Son of Charles and Mary Foskett, of 406, Long Lane, East Finchley, London. Panel 4. PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL Belgium
Comines-Warneton, Hainaut

From the TV ITV programme Long Lost Families Special

Living In parental home in Finchley in 1891.
1901 Living in Finchley in parental home.
1911 Census Military
RG number:
RG14 Piece:
34989 Reference:
RG14PN34989 RD641 SD14 ED2 SN9999

Registration District:
Sub District:
2 Parish:

1st Bn Lancashire Fusiliers
Multan Punjaub India County:

FOSKETT, Fredrick Single ? 23 1888 Soldier Finchley Middlesex


Private 824, 2nd Battalion, Lancs Fusiliers Name on Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium
Soldeirs Died in the Great War: Gives birthplace as Islington.

The resting place of Private (Pte) Frederick Foskett was honoured on Thursday 2 May during a rededication service held at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s (CWGC) Prowse Point Military Cemetery, Belgium.

Pte Ricky Foskett (Fredericks great, great, great nephew) honours his relative,

Louise Dorr, JCCC said:

It has been a pleasure to organise this rededication service for Pte Frederick Foskett and spend time with his family. Being able to confirm Pte Foskett’s identity has brought closure and it has been rewarding to know that he now has been found and that his family are now able to visit his final resting place.

The Reverend Stuart Richards said:

It has been humbling and moving to see the reaction of Pte Foskett’s family and to share this emotional day with them has been the upmost privilege.

Pte Foskett was buried with full military honours as an unknown soldier in April 2015 alongside his commrades. Despite extensive research and DNA testing at this time no identities were confirmed. This case was revisited last year by the JCCC and additional candidates serving with the 2nd Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers, killed in action on 18 October 1914, were identified and their families contacted. A positive DNA result has meant JCCC were able to confirm the identity of Pte Foskett and the rededication ceremony was arranged.

Frederick was born in 1888 in London and was aged 27 when he was killed in action during the first few months of the Great War. Frederick’s Battalion’s Operational Orders confirm they were ordered to attack and hold Le Touquet before advancing towards Gheer in Belgium. Six men are known to have been killed by the concussion of a bursting shell whilst sheltering under the culvert of a level crossing; Frederick was one of these brave men.

The new headstone bearing the name of Pte Frederick Foskett has been provided by the CWGC and bears a personal inscription chosen by his family.

David Avery, CWGC Commemorations Officer said:

The Commission has commemorated Private Foskett by name on the Ploegsteert Memorial since its’ unveiling in 1931. It is very moving to be able to rededicate his grave today, which is now marked with a new headstone bearing his name. The Commission is committed to caring for his grave, and his memory in perpetuity.

A big THANK YOU to JCCC for the work done on finding Frederick's family and all the work you do