Major Derek G Foster

19 Mar 1907 - 13 Oct 1980

Born 19 March 1907, in Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire. He was granted a Commission, as a Second Lieutenant, in the Royal Army Service Corps, on the 14 September 1942. Derek joined 253 Airborne Division Composite Company, RASC on the 29 December 1942.

From War Diary: 20 April 1943.

Place: Bulford, WILTS.

2/Lt. DG Foster to attend Supply Officers Course at Southend On Sea.

From War Diary: 20 July 1943

Place: Sousse Area, North Africa.

1945 hrs.  Capt  Foster to CRASC interview.

From War Diary: 25 July 1943

Place: Sousse Area, North Africa.

Capt. DG Foster proceeds on Short Parachute Jumping Course.

Unit: 253 Airborne Division Composite Company, RASC.          Week ending: 4 Sept 1943.

Part B – Particulars of Officers joined or quitted during week, 04/09/43.

A/Capt. Foster DG RASC. 30 August 1943. Posting to HQ 2 Para Bde to fill appointment as BRASCO.

Capt DG Foster remains with the 2nd Parachute Brigade Headquarters as BRASCO until the 5 November 1943, when he is replaced by Capt J Sibbald, RASC.

NOTE: No War Diary for the 2nd Para Bde HQ for November 1943 can be located.



Unit: 250 Airborne Light Comp Coy RASC.                  Week ending: March 18, 1944.


244442. Lt. Foster. D.G. RASC. Permanent Disability. Med Category ‘B’, attached to RAF Station, KEEVIL, Trowbridge, WILTS.

Michael, his son recalls:

"My father was a cricketer in the late 1920s/early 30s. A fast bowler, playing for Warwickshire, Gentlemen v Players etc. He tore the cartilages out of his knees, sadly. He used to go up and down stairs on his bottom, one step at a time. He also used to go to bed every night at dead on 7.30pm and wake up at 3.30am, bringing my poor mother a cup of tea. She was not amused."

Derek sadly died 13 October 1980, at Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire.

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Created with information and images kindly supplied by Michael Foster (son)

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Major DG Foster Italy 1943


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  • Approx. Strength of 1 AB Div N. Africa July 1943

    Approx. Strength of 1 AB Div N. Africa July 1943

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  • 250 Abn Lt Comp Coy, RASC. War Diary. May 1944

    250 Abn Lt Comp Coy, RASC. War Diary. May 1944

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