FOSTER, Hubert
(Service number 53340)

First Rank Corporal Last Rank Rifleman


Date 10 July 1896 Place of Birth Ashburton

Enlistment Information

Date 9 March 1917 Age 20 years 7 months
Address at Enlistment Lawrence, Otago
Occupation Carpenter
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mr Godfrey Land FOSTER (father), Lawrence, Otago
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Reinforcements, J Company
Date 16 July 1917
Transport Athenic
Embarked From Destination Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With NZ Rifle Brigade

Military Awards

Campaigns Western European
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


Date 19 September 1919 Reason On termination of period of engagement.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Works manager


Date 23 January 1961 Age 64 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Notices Press, 24 & 25 January 1961
Memorial or Cemetery Crematorium Christchurch
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Hubert Foster was born on 10 July 1896 at Ashburton, the older son of Godfrey Land and Elizabeth McDonald (née Brown) Foster. He was educated at several Canterbury schools – Sydenham, Bennetts, Carleton, West Lyttelton, Lyttelton DHS, before arriving at Timaru South School in 1907 and leaving there for Lawrence in 1910. On 9 May 1908, Hubert and his three younger sisters were baptised at St Mary’s Church, Timaru. (The younger son George was born in 1911.)

So it was that Hubert Foster was a carpenter at Lawrence when he was called up in 1917. His appeal was dismissed as he failed to appear. He enlisted on 9 March 1917 at Lawrence. From March 1917 his name appeared on the Lawrence District High School roll of honour of ex-pupils who had answered their country’s call and were either at the front or in training for the reinforcements. He named his father as next-of-kin – Mr Godfrey Land Foster, Lawrence. Corporal H. Foster embarked with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, leaving for Liverpool, England per the “Athenic” on 16 July 1917.

Rifleman H. Foster returned to New Zealand by the “Somerset”, embarking at Liverpool on 2 July 1919 and arriving in New Zealand on 20 August. He was discharged on 19 September 1919 and awarded the British War Medal and the victory Medal. Hubert Foster married Beatrice Florence Sainsbury in 1923. He died on 23 January 1961 at Christchurch, aged 64 years, and was cremated. He was survived by his wife, four daughters and six grandchildren, and also by his three sisters and one brother.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [18 March 2023]; NZ BDM (Department of Internal Affairs) [18 March 2023]; St Mary’s Timaru baptism records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG records) [18 March 2023]; School Admission records (Canterbury, Waimakariri & South Canterbury branches NZSG) [March & May 2023]; Tuapeka Times, 14 February 1917, 21 & 28 March 1917, Press, 24 & 25 January 1961 (Papers Past) [26 May 2023]

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Teresa Scott, South Canterbury Genealogical Society

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