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FOSTER, Philip Stanley
(Service number 3/2637)

Aliases Stanley
First Rank Captain Last Rank

Birth

Date 4 April 1885 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 2 December 1916 Age 31 years
Address at Enlistment 74 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch
Occupation Surgeon
Previous Military Experience No. 6 Mounted Field Ambulance - still serving
Marital Status Married. Married Florence CHISHOOLM on 28 December 1914 at Wellington. Child - Patricia FOSTER born on 7 January 1916 at Christchurch.
Next of Kin Mrs Florence FOSTER (wife), 74 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch
Religion Church of England
Medical Information Height 5 feet 8½ inches. Weight 12 stone 2 lbs. Chest measurement 34-38 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes blue. Hair light brown. Sight - both eyes 6/6. Hearing and colour vision both normal. Limbs well formed. full and perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart and lungs normal. Teeth good. Illnesses - only carbuncle. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects. No fits.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation (1) New Zealand Expeditionary Force; (2) New Zealand Expeditionary force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship (1) HMHS Maheno; (2) HMHS Maheno
Date
Transport (1) Hospital Ship No. 1, 4th Voyage from NZ; (2) Hospital Ship No. 1, 5th Voyage from NZ
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns
Service Medals British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date

Discharge

Date 1 February 1920 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Death

Date 20 March 1965 Age
Place of Death Christchurch
Cause
Notices
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Philip Stanley FOSTER, known a sStanley, was born on 4 April 1885 at Timaru, the third son of Robert Francis and Kitty Margaret (née CARPENTER) FOSTER. Stanley's first school was Waimataitai School in Timaru. It was there in 1891 in the Preparatory class he received a prize for proficiency and an award for being present every school day. The following year he was named in the Standard I prize list and again rewarded for attendance. By 1894 the family had moved to Hawera, where Stanley passed the the Standard III examinations at the local school and was rewarded for attendance and good conduct. 1896 brought a pass in Standard V. and 1897 a junior scholarship. At both Waimataitai and Hawera schools Mr Foster presented prizes.

In the comic song competition at the concluding night of the Hawera Floral fete, Stanley and his brother Willie sang a highly amusing parody on the well-known song "I won't play in your yard". Theye were lodly encored and awarded first prize.

Philip was educated at Otago Boys' High School.

He was a cousin of Philip John Stanley FOSTER who also served in World War I and of Fred Stephen BRITTENDEN who was killed in action in 1916 at the Somme. All three men were the descendants of a Deal boatman, Philip Jarvis Foster, who emigrated in 1858/1859 and settled in Timaru.

Some time after the war he was the director of surgical services at Christchurch Hospital. He was also a cricketer of note - right-hand batsman and right-arm off-break bowler - playing for both Wellington and Canterbury. Served on the committee of the Canterbury Automobile Association and on Cantebury Hospital Board. Still playing cricket in 1926. representative on the New Zealand cricket Council. in 1936 District Governor of Rotary.

Sources

Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [24 May 2016]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5537 0041614) [24 May 2016]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5937 0359340) [25 May 2016]; Timaru Herald, 19 December 1891, 23 December 1892, Hawera & Normanby Star, 20 November 1894, 21 December 1894, 24 October 1896, 29 January 1898, Wanganui Chronicle, 14 December 1897, Otago Daily Times, 1 February 1901, 6 November 1902, 9 February 1903, 23 October 1903, 20 January 1916, 20 December 1916, 15 January 1919, Evening Star, 18 March 1903, 17 December 1903, 4 November 1904, 19 October 1905, 16 July 1909, 6 January 1917, Otago Witness, 28 October 1903, 3 February 1904, 13 April 1904, 24 January 1906, 10 October 1906, 16 September 1908, 10 February 1909, 22 September 1909, Star, 21 December 1903, 27 October 1917, 26 June 1918, New zealand Herald, 26 January 1904, 31 January 1905, 4 December 1911, 17 September 1917, Press, 31 January 1907, 30 January 1909, 2 February 1909, 2 & 16 November 1914, 23 September 1916, 4 January 1917, 17 April 1917, 19 March 1919, 13 January 1922, 6 March 1922, 24 october 1924, 2 December 1926, 13 July 1927, 23 December 1927, 15 September 1928, 28 February 1929, 4 August 1930, 22 January 1922, 11 June 1934, 26 & 28 March 1935, 14 September 1935, 17 December 1935, 15 June 1936, 2 September 1937, 25 February 1939, 22 June 1939, 17 August 1939, 18 November 1939, 4 June 1940, 7 December 1945, Dominion, 24 May 1910, Auckland Star, 18 December 1911, 30 December 1912, 28 February 1917, Sun, 8 November 1915, 7 & 21 January 1918, 22 December 1919, Ashburton Guardian, 5 August 1916, Evening Post, 30 May 1918, 25 February 1938 (Papers Past) [26 May 2016]

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