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Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Niton -
- St John's Church : Robson Cameron Forster Memorial -

Location

In St John's Church, Niton, Isle of Wight, PO38 2BS.
 
See map on www.streetmap.co.uk
 
IWM War Memorials Archive Record

Link : War Memorials Archive Reference 21813
 
Historic England Listing Status

St John's Church is Listed Grade II*. Since the Memorial forms part of the fittings of the Church, it is assumed to be covered by the Listing.
 
Description

A brass plaque on a wooden board.

Memorial

Niton : St John's Church Robson Cameron Forster memorial
 
Niton : St John's Church
 
Niton St John : T Forster
Headstone of Thomas Forster
Inscription


IN HONOURED AND EVERLASTING
MEMORY OF
ROBSON CAMERON FORSTER
WHO DIED ON 17TH OCTOBER 1919
IN THE MILITARY HOSPITAL
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
AGED 35 YEARS
FROM WOUNDS RECEIVED IN FRANCE 1916
R.I.P.


 

Further Information

From the CWGC record :

Son of Mrs. M. Forster, of Beaconsfield, Park Avenue, Ventnor, Isle of Wight. Born in Isle of Wight. Served in Egypt, 1915-16, at Gallipoli, and on the Western Front, 1916.

Born 1884 Shanklin. Son of Thomas Forster (died 1903) and Mary Forster (née Ord)(died 7 June 1939 - see report below).

Census information :

1891 : Thomas and Mary Forster, with their children including Robson aged 6, are at Puckaster Cottage, Thorncliff, Niton. Thomas Forster is a Dairyman.

1901 : Thomas and Mary Forster, with their children including Robson aged 16, are at Puckaster Cottage, Thorncliff, Niton. Thomas Forster is a Dairyman. Robson Forster is a Gardener (domestic).

1911 : Mary Forster, widow, with some of her children including Robson aged 26, are at Puckaster Cottage, Thorncliff, Niton. Robson Forster is a Dairyman.

Migration :

Robson Forster and his brother Martin, emigrated to New Zealand in 1912, sailing on the ss Mamari from London (departed 11 November 1912) to Port Chalmers in New Zealand. Both were described on the Passenger list as farmers, aged 27 and 26 respectively.

Robson Forster lived at Firth St, Hamilton East, Auckland. Martin Forster's address was c/o Mrs Lewis, Victoria St, Rotorua, Auckland. Both brothers enlisted with the New Zealand forces; Martin Forster as a Trooper with the Auckland Mounted Rifles : he survived the war.

Service details :

Private 12/2292 R C Forster, Auckland Regiment, N.Z.E.F.

Casualty details :

Died 17 October 1919, aged 35. Buried at Hamilton East Public Cemetery, Hamilton City, New Zealand.

CWGC record ...

Auckland Museum Cenotaph record ... (Named as Robert Cameron Forster)

Commemorated on these Island Memorials :

Ventnor War Memorial
County War Memorial, Carisbrooke Castle

Robson Forster is also named on his father's headstone in St John's Churchyard : the inscription reads :

In Loving Memory of
THOMAS FORSTER
LATE OF BELSAY, NORTHUMBERLAND
BORN JUNE 12TH 1845
DIED JUNE 1ST 1903

TAKE YE HEED, WATCH AND PRAY FOR YE
KNOW NOT WHEN THE TIME IS.


Also of
ROBSON CAMERON
SON OF THE ABOVE
DIED IN THE MILITARY HOSPITAL
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
OCT 17TH 1919.


Documents :

ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY PRESS

Saturday, June 5, 1915 Page 8

THE ISLAND AND THE WAR

NITON
Niton people will be interested to know that both Mr. Robson Forster and his brother Frank [1] have joined up for service in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. They enlisted together, but after some little training Frank, who it will be remembered, broke his knee-cap in a football match, was rejected as unfit on account of not being able to stand the long marches. He was, however, determined to join some Force to do his part in the defence of this country, and eventually was taken in to the Mounted Infantry and is now doing his training in Auckland, both brothers will soon be on their way to the theatre of war. Robson is in the 5th New Zealand (Auckland) Infantry and Frank is in the 7th Auckland Mounted Infantry. The best wishes of the village for their good health and safe return will go with them.


[1] Martin Lee Forster was known as 'Frank'.

ISLE OF WIGHT MERCURY

Friday, October 13, 1916 Page 5

Miss Forster, of Beaconsfield, Ventnor, has received information that her brother, Private Robson C. Forster, has been wounded in action. He will be best remembered locally owing to his connection with the Ventnor Football Club, of which he was for some time a valued player and member. Private Forster was in New Zealand at the outbreak of the war and at once joined the 1st Battalion of the Auckland Infantry. He spent some time in Egypt, and afterwards took part in the Gallipoli Campaign subsequently returning to Egypt, and was afterwards drafted to France. He took part in the recent offensive and was wounded in the chest. The latest information concerning him is that he is making satisfactory progress. Private Forster landed in England yesterday morning. He is the son of the late Mr. Thomas Forster, of Puckaster Dairy, Niton.


ISLE OF WIGHT MERCURY

Friday, November 7, 1919
Page 2
IN MEMORIAM
ROBSON FORSTER, late goalkeeper of the Ventnor Football Club, who died at the Military Hospital, Auckland, N.Z., on October 17th. In memory of a true sportsman who played the game on the field as he lived, fearless, upright and true; one of nature's gentlemen and in all a man. - In loving memory from the Ventnor Football Club.



ISLE OF WIGHT MERCURY

Friday, June 9, 1939 Page 2

DEATH
FORSTER. - On 7th June, at Hexham, Northumberland, Mary Forster, widow of Thomas Forster, late of Puckaster, Niton, in her 90th year.


Page 2

DEATH OF MRS. THOMAS FORSTER. - Many of our older readers in Ventnor and Niton will learn with regret of the death of Mrs. Forster, widow of Mr. Thomas Forster, formerly of Puckaster, which occurred on Wednesday at Hexham, Northumberland, in her 90th year. Mrs. Forster was a woman of much personal charm, a devoted wife and mother of a large family, and all who remember her will recall with pleasure her gracious personality. Much sympathy will be felt with her daughter, Miss Forster, of Beaconsfield, Park Avenue, and other members of the family in their sad loss.


Links :

Hamilton City Council Cemetery - enter name then click on entry to find details of burial

photo of grave

Auckland Regiment deaths in New Zealand

New Zealand Expeditionary Force

Photo of Mrs Forster with Robson and Martin Forster

Acknowledgments :

Janet Griffin for newspaper and web research
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Page updated : 2 April 2015 (added report of enlistment)


 
 

 
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