Edward ‘Tiny’ Foster, the Tooting dustman who won his VC in the First World War. He lived in Fountain Road. As a corporal in the East Surrey Regiment, he won the Victoria Cross in 1917 for his “reckless courage” in overpowering an enemy machine gun position, enabling the allies to break through enemy lines and capture the village of Villers Plouich.
‘Tiny’ was a gentle 6ft 2ins, twenty stone, giant of a man who was employed as a council dustman. After the war he was promoted to a dust inspector. He died on 22nd January 1946 aged 59. He was born in Tooting Grove in the registration district of Streatham.
He is buried at Streatham Cemetery in Garrat Lane.
(John W Brown and Andrew Haddon- Streatham Society Newsletter 235)