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W.  L. Foster

Minor Scholar.
School Prefect
Cricket XI
Football XI
Rackets Pair Winners at Queens

BORN 2-12-1874


DIED 22-3-1958




Innings  Not Out   Runs Highest  Catches Average
59 1870 172x 17 32.81

 The second son known as Bill and called The Family Rock by all his family for his reliability.  He had all the sporting qualities and excelled at all -Cricket-Football -Racquets and Golf.

 As he chose the army for his career his sporting achievements were curtailed. He, of course played Cricket for Malvern College and Worcestershire. He shared a wonderful double century with R.E. for Worcestershire against Hampshire in July 1899 hitting 134 and 101 not out with his brother hitting 140 and 172 not out. This was a record for two brothers- hitting two centuries each in the same match of a County Championship.  The season brought Bill more than 1000 runs at an average of 30, but come September he was summoned back by the Army  to South Africa.

 Both he and R. E. had the honour of playing for the Gentlemen against the Players at Lords so there were not many more heights for him to climb, apart from test matches.  His being in the Army was a serious blow to Worcester, by not being able to play so often for the County. However,  it was their good fortune that he was invalided home from the Middle East in the Spring of 1899 allowing him to serve Worcestershire as a first class batsman.

 He did not have the perfect grace and style that characterises R. E. at the wicket , nor did he have the varied repetoire of strokes that belonged to H. K. . However he was a dashing batsman, quite of the military type, who played the game finely and ' put some wood behind his strokes '  so that most bowlers were much more delighted to see Captain W. L. Foster departing for the Pavilion rather than coming from it. They did know his innings was over- which was usually something to be thankful for! W. L.'s chief ambition  was to pass that 180 of Harry's but he only managed 172 in a county match for Worcester.

 Bill did find time in Racquets to be runner-up in the Amateur Racquet Championship ( singles ) in 1895 and win the Doubles with H. K. in 1898 and again in 1907 with his brother Basil.

 He had a fine career in the army, fought in the Boer war and spent a lot of time in South Africa,  but was sent home in 1900 with enteric fever and never really recovered his health. He later gained the D. S. O. during the campaign against the Mad Mullah and also the C. B. E. and his wife the O. B. E. for Services to the Gunners Prisoner of war funds.