Street named in hon­our of fallen WWI hero William

Sunderland Echo - - News -

A fallen Wear­side solider has been im­mor­talised on a new de­vel­op­ment built on the site of his for­mer home.

Bar­ratt Homes North East has named a new street in trib­ute to William Forster, who was born and lived on the site on which the firm’s Teal Park Farm de­vel­op­ment now sits.

William Forster, who was born in 1890, grew up in Washington to work along­side his fa­ther in the Chem­i­cal Works be­fore join­ing the army in 1914.

He joined the York­shire Reg­i­ment and went to France in Au­gust 1915, but died of wounds in Rouen just a year later. William and his brother John are named on the Washington Vil­lage memo­rial. An of­fi­cial cer­e­mony was held at the site to un­veil the nam­ing of ‘William Forster Close’.

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