- I have been looking at your site with interest and actually in particular looking for information on Alverstoke Barracks. In May this year I discovered that my
grandfather, one William Foster, was born at Alverstoke Barracks, Forton, Hants to a career serviceman, Colour Sergeant George Foster
of the RMLI based at Alverstoke when not at sea. I am trying to research George Foster b 1840 and am in fact visiting the national archives at Kew in a couple of weeks to try and get his service history (and his son William's WWI record - he turned out to be a bit of a war hero - Boer War, Somme, Ypres - got DCM, MC and GC eventually and it all started in Alverstoke Barracks). His father George, the RMLI serviceman is more elusive but sounds very interesting. His birth certificate arrived from Fareham this morning - he married in a Church called St. Thomas Elson (is Elson a saint, town or street?) in 1868 - I believe Church of England as it says Established Church - he and his wife who was also from Forton (
Mary Ann Rowland daughter of William Rowland, Tailor) eventually had 11 children
After he left the RMLI (it was after 1881 because he is on the Alverstoke Barracks census) with wife and 5 children then) he moved to Essex (Queens Terrace, Chingford)
and became a Constable, Central Marker - not sure what this but am following it up - suggestions have been made that he was a Ranger in Epping Forest - I know he was a horseman.
What I am really trying to find out about is Alverstoke Barracks itself - do you know of any books about the Barracks. Does it still exist as a barracks or is it by any
chance to do with diving medicine I know that families lived there with the serviceman but presumably it was in surrounding areas rather than in the barracks itself. Was Alverstoke Barracks built on the site of a Children's
Hospital, called Fountain Hospital - I have a vague memory of reading that somewhere in the past.
I would be very grateful if you could point me in some directions so that I can get a feel of where this gentleman lived and worked (when he was in
this country). Sue Cassidy (Gt Grandaughter of George and Grandaugther of William) (Added 11th November 2007)