William James FOSTER CB, CMG, DSO, MID****

FOSTER, William James

Service Numbers: Officer, 2594, 66461
Enlisted: 15 August 1914
Last Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Last Unit: 1st Division Headquarters
Born: Warwick, Queensland, Australia, 8 December 1881
Home Town: South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Soldier
Died: Diabetes, London, England, 15 November 1927, aged 45 years
Cemetery: Tidworth Military Cemetery, England
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Warwick War Memorial Gates
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World War 1 Service

15 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Captain, SN Officer
22 Oct 1914: Embarked Captain, Headquarters Staff, HMAT Orvieto, Melbourne
22 Oct 1914: Involvement Captain, Headquarters Staff
5 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
10 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2594, 4th Infantry Battalion, Enlisted at Sydney, NSW
15 Jun 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Brigade Major, 2nd Light Horse Brigade HQ
9 Aug 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2594, 4th Infantry Battalion, Embarked HMAT Runic at Sydney, NSW
15 Mar 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Brigade Major, 2nd ANZAC Corps Mounted Regiment (XXII Corps), to be General Staff Officer
2 May 1916: Honoured Distinguished Service Medal
5 May 1916: Honoured Mention in Dispatches
28 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Brigade Major, 6th Light Horse Regiment
13 Jul 1916: Honoured Mention in Dispatches
13 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Brigade Major, Anzac Mounted Division Headquarters
18 Jul 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 4th Infantry Battalion
1 Dec 1916: Honoured Mention in Dispatches
12 Jan 1918: Honoured Mention in Dispatches
11 Apr 1918: Honoured Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
26 Apr 1918: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 66461, 16th to 27th Reinforcements (NSW), Enlisted at Liverpool, NSW
22 Oct 1918: Embarked Private, SN 66461, 16th to 27th Reinforcements (NSW), HMAT Boonah, Adelaide
22 Oct 1918: Involvement Private, SN 66461, 16th to 27th Reinforcements (NSW)
1 Jan 1919: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel
3 Jun 1919: Honoured Companion of the Order of the Bath
5 Jun 1919: Honoured Mention in Dispatches
15 Jul 1919: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, GS01 Yeomanry Mounted Division
17 Jul 1919: Embarked AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, 1st Division Headquarters, onboard Dunluce Castle for Australia
16 Dec 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, 1st Division Headquarters

Non Warlike Service

17 May 1920: Involvement Lieutenant Colonel

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Deaths Dec 1927 Foster William J 45 St.Geo.H.Sq. 1a 550

Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of Robert and Mary Foster of Lang Street, Hay, NSW

Address at the time of his enlistment was 75 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, NSW and was employed as a Porter

Commenced return to Australia on 10 September 1917 aboard HT Ulysses dsembarking on the 14 December 1917

Husband of Emmie Catherine Sarah Foster nee Stevens of 'The Cottage', Soke Road, West Leatherhead, Surrey, England. Williiam and Eunice married at the Registry Office, Epsoom, England on the 8 February 1916. Possibly died in England 1950-51

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Member of the Goulburn Rifle Club

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