FOSTER, Walter Edward
(Service number 6/2130)

Aliases Bricky
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 2 July 1896 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 14 February 1915 Age 18 years 7 months
Address at Enlistment Care of G. Argyle, Rolleston
Occupation Farm labourer
Previous Military Experience 2nd South Canterbury Infantry
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin George FOSTER (father), Ruapuna, Ashburton
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information Height 5 feet 5½ inches. Weight 161 lbs. Chest measurement 34-37 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes blue-grey. Hair auburn. 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 - atrificial upper, satisfactory lower. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily and mental health. No slight defects. Never any fit, accident, illness (bar hydatids). Has acne at present, the result of shaving. Two scars on right side where chest was drained for hydatids 8 years ago.

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
Date 13 June 1915
Transport Tahiti
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Regiment

Military Awards

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

Award Circumstances and Date

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


Date 17 August 1917 Reason No longer physically fit for war service on account of illness contracted on Active Service.

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Post-war Occupations


Date 9 July 1981 Age 85 years
Place of Death Timaru
Notices Timaru Herald, 10 July 1981
Memorial or Cemetery Geraldine Cemetery
Memorial Reference Services Section, Row 507, Plot 7
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Walter Edward FOSTER was the son of George and Jane (Jean, née WEBSTER) FOSTER, and brother of Robert James FOSTER, 6/2387. When he enlisted Walter put his age up as he was only 18 years old at the time. At the time of his death, 9 July 1981 at Timaru, Bricky was the patron of the Geraldine Rugby Football Club. Club members formed a guard of honour at his funeral at the Geraldine Cemetery and Geraldine RSA members paid their respects.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [22 May 2016]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5537 0041638) [24 May 2016]; Ashburton Guardian, 14 May 191, 17 January 1919, 7, 3 June 1919, 21 May 1920, 29 April 1921, Press, 15 July 1931 (Papers Past) [23 May 2016]; Timaru Herald, 10 July 1981 (Timaru District Library) [23 May 2016]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [22 May 2016]

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