William Foster


Royal Garrison Artillery    

Photos courtesyStephen Peet

Photo of Stephen Peet

Charles left for service on 7 March 1918, he was forty years of age.

He married Lillie Saunders, daughter of Diocleson and Ann Saunders 26 September 1903. The Saunders were a well-known Brackenfield family.
Lodging with the Swift family in 1901 was William Foster (he also worked at Lea Mills and served) who married Lillie Saunder's sister Minnie also in 1903.

Charles and Lillie Swift

Charles and Lillie on holiday

Newspaper reports

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal 26 January 1918
An appeal was heard, in camera, in respect of eight employees at Lea Mills, and Tribunal ordered F Barlow (Lea), overlooker JWC Massey, C Swift, Hy Yeomans (Holloway) W Curzon (Near Matlock) and H Holmes (Lea) framework knitters to report in 28 days. G Oakley, foreman (Lea Bridge)was granted four months exemption, with leave, and JE Vallance, clerk (Lea Bridge) was granted three months with leave on the employers appeal, a personal appeal being dismissed. The appeal of WW Lowe, framework knitter, Whatstandwell, was dismissed.

Derbyshire Courier 5 July 1919
A meeting of the local members of the National Federation of Discharged and Demobilised Soldiers and Sailors was held at Holloway on Tuesday. Mr Drake, of Crich, presiding. It was decided that a sub-branch be opened for the Lea and Holloway district. and the following officers were elected: Chairman Mr W Foster, secretary, Mr J. Parr; committee. Messrs A Dockerill, J Conquest, J Haslam, H Clarkson, B Thorpe, J Wragg, J Hudson, W Spencer and C Swift.



1901: The Hollins Holloway

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Swift Head 50 Stationary engine stoker Matlock
Eliza Swift wife 53   Ruddington, Notts
Charles Swift son 23 Merino hosiery machinist Holloway
William Foster boarder 24 Joiner Wakefield
William Blackburn boarder 19 Merino hosiery ? Dewsbury

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1911: Bracken Lane Holloway

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Charles Swift Head 33 Cotton patent frame knitter hosiery factory Holloway
Lillie Swift wife 33   Brackenfield

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