FOSTER, Robert James
(Service number 6/2387)

Aliases Bob
First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 14 April 1895 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 18 April 1915 Age 20 years
Address at Enlistment Ruapuna, South Canterbury
Occupation Farm labourer
Previous Military Experience 2nd South Canterbury Regiment - still serving
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin George FOSTER (father), Ruapuna, South Canterbury
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information Height 5 feet 6½ inches. Weight 142 lbs. Chest measurement 35-38 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes light brown. Hair brown. Sight - both eyes 6/6. Hearing good. colour vision correct. Limbs well formed. Full and perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. heart and lungs normal. Teeth - requires top plate. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily an dmental health. Slight defect but not sufficient cause rejection - teeth. No fits. no illnesses. Fit - will get plate.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 5th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Infantry Battalion
Transport Tahiti
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Balkan - Gallipoli; Egyptian; Western European
Service Medals 1914-1915 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

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


Date 12 June 1919 Reason On termination of period of engagement.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 2 June 1976 Age 81 years
Place of Death Timaru
Notices Timaru Herald, 4 June 1976
Memorial or Cemetery Geraldine Cemetery
Memorial Reference Services Section, Row 506, Plot 8
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Robert James FOSTER, born on 14 April 1895 at Timaru, was the oldest son of George FOSTER and his second wife, Jane (Jean) née WATSON. robert enlisted just four days after his twentieth birthday. Robert died on 2 June 1976 at Timaru, survived by his wife Lottie. He was accorded RSA honours at his funeral at the Geraldine Cemetery. R. J. Foster was awarded the 1914-1915 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal, and in 1967 he was issued the Gallipoli Lapel Badge and the Gallipoli Medaillon. Two brothers also served in World War i - Walter Edward and George Albert Webster who was awarded the Military Medal.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [22 May 2016]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5537 0041622) [22 May 2016]; Timaru Herald, 12 September 1914, Dominion, 9 April 1915, Mataura Ensign, 7 July 1916, Evening Star, 7 July 1916, Evening Post, 7 July 1916, Press, 8 July 1916, 29 April 1919, 15 July 1931, Otago Daily Times, 8 & 12 September 1916, Ashburton Guardian, 14 May 1917, 17 January 1919, 3 June 1919, 21 May 1920, 4, 15 & 29 April 1921, Star, 29 April 1919, Sun, 29 April 1919 (Papers Past) [23 May 2016]; Timaru Herald, 4 June 1976 (Timaru District Library) [23 June 2016]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [22 May 2016]; School Admisdsion records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [22 May 2016]; Geraldine Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [22 May 2016]

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