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William James FOSTER

Date of birth8 December 1881
Place of birthWarwick, Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationSoldier
Address'Paisley', Domain Road, South Yarra, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Next of kinBrother, H F Foster, Guy Street, Warwick, Queensland
Previous military serviceA and I Staff
Enlistment date15 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentCAPT (A.D.C.)
Unit nameHead Quarters 1st Australian Division
AWM Embarkation Roll number1/42/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A3 Orvieto on 21 October 1914
Date of embarkation incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as 22 October 1914.
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant-Colonel
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Division Staff
Promotions

Major


Unit: General List GSO1 Yeomanry Mounted Division
Promotion date: 10 June 1915

Temporary LTCOL


Promotion date: 15 July 1917

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George, MID


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Supplement, No. 29845 (1 December 1916); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62 (19 April 1917)
Recommendation date: 15 April 1918

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', 4th Supplement, No 29664 (11 July 1916); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 176 (30 November 1916).
Recommendation date: Date unspecified

Commander of the Bath

Mention in Despatches


Awared, and promulgated, 'London Gazette, Second Supplement, No. 29536 (5 April 1916); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129 (21 September 1916).

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Second Supplement, No. 30474 (14 January 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76 (23 May 1918).

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 3138 (5 June 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 113 (6 October 1919).

FateReturned to Australia 17 July 1919
Medals

Order of the Nile, 3rd Class


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 20
Date: 19 February 1920

Companion of the Order of the Bath


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 113
Date: 6 October 1919

Companion of the Order of St Michael & St George


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 137
Date: 30 August 1918

Other detailsMedals: Order of the Nile, 3rd Class, Companion of the Order of the Bath, Companion of the Order of St Michael & St George, CMG Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death15 November 1927 - Tidworth, England
Place of burialEngland

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