FOSTER, William
(Service number N/N)

First Rank Last Rank


Date 31 August 1875 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 2 May 1917 Age 41 years 8 months
Address at Enlistment Wilson Street, Timaru
Occupation Yardman
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin
Religion Church of England
Medical Information Height 5 feet 6 inches. Weight 121 lbs. Chest measurement 32-35½ inches. Complexion fair. Eyes grey. Hair grey. Sight - right eye 6/12, left eye 6/9. Hearing and colour vision both normal. Limbs well formed. Full and perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart and lungs normal. ilness - dysentry 5 years ago. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, aemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Not in good bodily and menatl health and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the efficient performance of his duties. Slight defect(s), but not sufficient to cause rejection. No fits. Arterio sclerosis. Class c2.

Military Service

Served with New Zealand Armed Forces (?) Served in
Military District

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Date 21 May 1926 Age 50 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 3, Plot 104
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William FOSTER was the eldest son of Irish born Joseph and Sarah Jane FOSTER, of Timaru. He was born on 31 August 1875 at Timaru and baptized at St Mary's Church, Timaru, on 7 November 1875. William attended the Timaru Main School where he received a prize for proficiency in Standard III in 1887. The following year, along with his sisters Nellie and Sarah, he secired a prize at the Sandietown Branch of St Mary's Sunday School. When he enlisted in 1917, he was employed as a yardman for the Westport Coal Company, Timaru. He had been drawn in the ballot in April to fill vacancies in the 30th Reinforcements, but, following the medical examination, he was assessed as Class C2. He suffered from arterio sclerosis and had defective eyesight.


NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5537 0041640) [27 May 2016]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [22 May 2016]; Timaru Herald, 24 December 1887, 24 September 1888, 18 February 1895, 18 April 1917, 16 January 1918 (Papers Past) [23 & 28 May 2016]; School Admission records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [27 May 2016]; Probate records (Archives NZ/FamilySearch) [27 & 28 May 2016]; NZ Electoral rolls ( [27 May 2016]; Baptism record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG & South Canterbury Museum) [27 May 2016]; Timaru cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council)

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