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Our Vic - The story
of a Leicestershire sailor
This illustrated A4 publication
of 112 pages tells the story of three brothers, Vic, Bill
and Eric Foster, and their friends and contemporaries
from Thurmaston, Leicestershire, England. It is a family
story set against the backdrop of the 1939-1945 War. The
book explains how three young men went away to war and
how one of them, Vic Foster, did not return.
Vic Foster served aboard a destroyer, HMS Volunteer, in
the Western Approaches. He also sailed in the same ship
as part of Arctic convoy PQ16, and experienced the horrors
of a voyage to North Russia. He later transferred to His
Majesty's Landing Ship (Tank) 418. He was lost aboard
the ship on the 16th February 1944, along with many others.
The book also tells the story of Bill Foster's escape
from Singapore and Eric Foster's time in India.
There are many references to Thurmaston people within
the publication and there is a full listing of the Second
World War dead of the village. The book also contains
a provisional listing of the crew members of HMLST 418,
and much other previously unpublished material.
The book is intended as a tribute to those that served
their country from 1939-1945, many of whom, like Vic Foster,
gave their lives. He was one among very many valiant hearts,
just one of those ordinary young people from the villages,
towns and cities of Britain who experienced extraordinary
To find out where you can obtain a copy of this book send
an email enquiry by clicking on this link Our