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Full Name: William Foster
Rank Last Held: Trooper
Forename(s): William
Surname: Foster
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.: 9/698
Gender: Male
First Known Rank: Trooper
Next of Kin: Mrs C. Foster (mother), Lowburn Ferry, Cromwell, Otago, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address: Tarras, Otago, New Zealand
Military District: Otago
Body on Embarkation: 2nd Reinforcements
Embarkation Unit: Otago Mounted Rifles
Embarkation Date: 14 December 1914
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Vessel: Verdala or Willochra or Knight of the Garter
Destination: Suez, Egypt
Nominal Roll Number: Vol1
Page on Nominal Roll: 241
Last Unit Served: Otago Mounted Rifles
Place of Death: Malta to Gallipoli
Date of Death: 16 November 1915
Age at Death: 27
Year of Death: 1915
Cause of Death: Died of enteric
Cemetery Name: Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta
Grave Reference: D. V. 5.
Biographical Notes: Son of Christina Foster, of Lowburn Ferry, Cromwell, Central Otago, and the late Edward Foster
Description of Image: Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1916
Archives NZ source: Military personnel file
Sources Used:
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume I. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1914-1919
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:
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