Frederick Arthur Pearce Foster

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Commander Frederick Arthur Pearce Foster, R.N., Retired (24 January, 1889 – 4 July, 1948) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Hong Kong, the son of F. J. P. Foster, Esq..

Foster's seniority as Sub-Lieutenant was altered from 15 July 1909 to 15 January, 1910 by Court Martial held on 22 November 1910 on a charge of wilfull disobedience of a lawful order. This charge was indeed serious, as Foster took Gossamer's whaler under sail into Weymouth at night against orders. The boat capsized and two officers were drowned. Foster foreited six months seniority and was dismissed the ship.

Foster was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 June, 1912.

Foster was appointed in command of the destroyer Martin on 21 December, 1917.[1]


On 27 April, 1920, Foster was appointed in command of the destroyer Yarra.[2]

Foster was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 30 June, 1920.

His service in the R.A.N. ended on 24 July, 1921 and he returned to R.N. service, being placed in command of Vesper in August.

Foster was placed on the Retired List at his own request with the rank of Commander on 24 January, 1929.

World War II

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Nowell C. Johnstone
Captain of H.M.S. P25
28 Apr, 1916[3] – 29 May, 1917
Succeeded by
A. Paul Bush
Preceded by
Colin S. Thomson
Captain of H.M.S. Hydra
29 May, 1917[4] – 25 Aug, 1917
Succeeded by
Julian H. Woodbridge
Preceded by
John Fawcett
Captain of H.M.S. Fury
late Aug, 1917[5] – 21 Dec, 1917
Succeeded by
Ernest R. Archer
Preceded by
Henry M. Coombs
Captain of H.M.S. Martin
21 Dec, 1917[6] – Mar, 1919[Inference]
Succeeded by
Harold P. Keeley
Preceded by
Stewart Keightley
Captain of H.M.A.S. Yarra
27 Apr, 1920[7] – 24 Jul, 1921[Inference]
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Harry A. D. Keate
Captain of H.M.S. Vesper
28 Aug, 1921[8] – 15 Apr, 1922
Succeeded by
Walter F. Smithwick
Preceded by
Hubert S. Braddyll
Captain of H.M.S. Vancouver
12 Apr, 1922[9] – 6 May, 1924
Succeeded by
Gordon F. Hannay
Preceded by
Henry E. Horan
Captain of H.M.S. Whitehall
9 Aug, 1924[10] – 1 Apr, 1926
Succeeded by
Samuel A. Brooks


  1. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 844.
  2. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 951a.
  3. The Navy List. (December, 1916). p. 396ii.
  4. The Navy List. (August, 1917). p. 394o.
  5. The Navy List. (November, 1917). p. 393x.
  6. The Navy List. (February, 1919). p. 844.
  7. The Navy List. (December, 1920). p. 951a.
  8. Iffy date. Making it match Keate's Service Record end date.
  9. The Navy List. (January, 1923). p. 827.
  10. The Navy List. (April, 1925). p. 288.