FOSTER, William Alexander
(Service number 3/846)

Aliases Willie
First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 18 July 1891 Place of Birth Christchurch

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Chamberlain School, Timaru
Occupation School teacher
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single. Then married Olive Edith GALE on 18 July 1917 at St Matthew's, West Kensington, London, England
Next of Kin John FOSTER (father), 84 Andover Street, Merivale, Christchurch
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship New Zealand Medical Corps, Ambulance Details
Date 29 July 1915
Transport Manuka
Embarked From Wellington Destination Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Balkan - Gallipoli; Egyptian
Service Medals 1914-15 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

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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


Date November 25, 1919 Reason No longer physically fit for war service.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 10 December 1927 Age
Place of Death Northcote Settlement, Papanui
Cause Suicide
Memorial or Cemetery Addington Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Block 0, Plot 1054B
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

William Alexander FOSTER was the son of John FOSTER of Christchurch. Ar the time of enlisting he was master of Chamberlain School, South Canterbury.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [03 December 2015]; Dominion, 2 March 1910, Timaru Herald, 29 March 1915, 31 May 1915, 21 & 27 October 1915, 5 May 1919, Press, 9 & 26 October 1915, 29 September 1917, 22 September 1919, 12 December 1927, Otago Daily Times, 5 October 1917, Sun, 11 October 1917, 29 April 1919, 9 May 1919, 9 October 1919, Star, 20 October 1917, Ashburton Guardian, 5 February 1920, 5 November 1920, 10 December 1920, New Zealand Herald, 12 December 1927, Truth, 22 December 1927 (Papers Past) [23 November 2015; 03 December 2015]

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