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Erle Milton Foster

In memory of:

Trooper Erle Milton Foster

September 9, 1944

Military Service

Service Number:







South Alberta Regiment, R.C.A.C.


29th Armd. Reconnaissance Regt.


1939-45 Star, France-Germany Star, Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-45, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and clasp.

Additional Information


December 24, 1923
Ashmont, Alberta


June 9, 1941
Edmonton, Alberta

Son of Corporal Clark Collins Foster, RCEME Workshop, Prince George, British Columbia and Sadie Marie Foster, of Wainwright, Alberta. Brother of Norman C. and Frances E. Foster of Wainright, Alberta.

The National Combattants Association (N.S.B.) Sector of Loppen, (near Zedelgem, Belgium) have erected a Memorial Stone in memory of Trooper Erle M. Foster of the South Alberta Regiment and Sgt Eric A. Holton of the 15th Canadian Field Regiment. The memorial was unveiled at a special commemorative ceremony on June 15, 2002.

Commemorated on Page 307 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information

Grave Reference:

IV. E. 12.


Adegem Canadian War Cemetery is located midway between Brugge (17 km) and Gent (26 km) on the N9 which connects the two towns. From Brugge, Adegem is approached via Sijsele and Maldegem. On reaching Adegem, the cemetery is located on the Prins Boudewijn Laan, on the right hand side of the N9. In the last week of September 1944, the Allies held the city of Antwerp, but the Germans held both shores of the Scheldt estuary, so that the port of Antwerp could not be used. The task of clearing the southern shore of the estuary was allotted to the 3rd Canadian Division, aided by the 4th Canadian Armoured Division and the 52nd Division. Their operations lasted from October until the beginning of November 1944. By 3rd November the Germans had been cleared from the north-west corner of Belgium and the south shore of the Scheldt was free. There had been fierce fighting for two weeks for the crossing of the Leopold Canal. The majority of the men buried at Adegem died during the operations for the clearance of the south bank of the Scheldt; but many Canadians who lost their lives elsewhere in Belgium were also brought here for burial.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– I'm Ides Dhont, 67 years old. I live in Loppem, Belgium.
In World War II, Sergeant Eric Holton and Trooper Erle Foster were killed in our village.
Our village was already liberated but an obus of the returning German army became 2 Canadians fatal.
Eric Holton was the Sergeant of the 15th Canadian Field Regiment
Erle Foster was a trooper of the South Alberta Regiment
A memorial became in 2002 at the place of death
I'm looking for a picture of Eric and Erle to keep their memories alive.
  • Photo of Erle Milton Foster– Undated photo of Trooper Erle Milton Foster
  • Photo of Erle Milton Foster
  • Entrance– Photo submitted by Marg Liessens
  • Cross of Sacrifice– Photo submitted by Marg Liessens
  • Grave marker– Photo submitted by Marg Liessens

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