Street named in honour of fallen WWI hero William
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’.