CFHS code : HT33
Parish : Holy Trinity
Inscription : 139931 Airman 2nd CL W FOULGER Royal Air Force 29th January 1919 age 34
Monument : Headstone (Commonwealth war grave)
Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey
Lat Lon : 52.201845 0.13835665 – click here for location
Commonwealth War Grave in the parish area of Holy Trinity, against the east boundary wall.
‘139931 Airman 2nd Cl
Royal Air Force
29th January 1919 age 34’
Walter Foulger was born in Cambridge in 1884 to Benjamin and Martha Foulger. In 1901 he was working as a bricklayer’s labourer and living with his parents on Thoday Street.
He married Lily Hart in 1909, and their son Walter James was born a year later. By 1911 he had moved with his wife and young son to Burwell, where he was a labourer at the cement works.
Walter was conscripted into the Army on 5th June 1916, training with the Middlesex Regiment before being transferred to the 8th Battalion East Surrey Regiment. He was in France from 13th October 1916 to 10th December 1916. It’s unclear whether he was wounded or injured to account for his return, however on 11th October 1917 he was transferred to the Labour Corps, showing that he was no longer considered fit for active service overseas. On 12th February 1918 he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps as Aircraftman 2nd Class, service number 139931. He was in the 2nd Cadet Wing. The Royal Flying Corps amalgamated with the Royal Naval Air Service in April 1918 to become the Royal Air Force.
Walter died from heart failure on the 29th January 1919, at Somerset Barracks, Shorncliffe. His body was brought back to Cambridge and he was buried in Mill Road Cemetery.
His wife Lily later remarried and became Lily West.
RAF Service Record
1901 and 1911 census
By Jo Costin