William John Foster

From The Dreadnought Project
Jump to: navigation, search

Lieutenant-Commander William John Foster (18 February, 1884 – 26 December, 1915) was a torpedo boat and submarine officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Born in Stubbington, Foster gained seven months time on passing out of Britannia. His first appointment to the battleship Majestic came on 1 February, 1900. It lasted about a year.

Foster was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 30 September, 1905 and appointed in command of the torpedo boats T.B. 26 and T.B. 55.[1][2]

In July of 1909, Foster's C 16 collided with a lighter and he was asked to be more careful in future. In November, 1910, Commander Addison noted that Foster was "not very energetic." Otherwise, he seemed to offer a fair impression to his superiors.[3]

On 5 January, 1911, Foster's submarine command string was broken by an appointment to the battleship King Edward VII. On 1 August, he moved to Hercules. Foster returned to submarines when was appointed in command of the submarine C 13 on 14 November, 1912.[4]

His promotion to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander was dated 30 September, 1913.[5]

Great War

On 2 September, 1914, Foster was appointed in command of the submarine D 8.[6]

Foster was killed when his command, the submarine E 6 was mined and lost in Home Waters on 26 December, 1915[7]

See Also

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Guy D. Fanshawe
Captain of H.M. T.B. 26
5 Apr, 1905[8] – 18 Nov, 1905[9]
Succeeded by
Henry W. A. Adams
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. C 16
7 Aug, 1908[10][11] – 5 Jan, 1911[12]
Succeeded by
Reginald B. Darke
Preceded by
Hubert Vaughan-Jones
Captain of H.M.S. C 13
14 Nov, 1912[13][14] – 2 Sep, 1914[15]
Succeeded by
Hubert Vaughan-Jones
Preceded by
Theodore S. Brodie
Captain of H.M.S. D 8
2 Sep, 1914[16][17] – 4 Feb, 1915[18]
Succeeded by
Hubert Vaughan-Jones
Preceded by
Cecil P. Talbot
Captain of H.M.S. E 6
4 Feb, 1915[19] – 26 Dec, 1915[20][21]
Succeeded by
Vessel Lost

Footnotes

  1. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Tuesday, 10 October, 1905. Issue 37834, col B, p. 7.
  2. "Naval and Military Intelligence". The Times. Tuesday, 10 October, 1905. Issue 37834, col A, p. 7.
  3. Foster Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/49/10. f. 5.
  4. Foster Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/49/10. f. 5.
  5. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 188.
  6. Foster Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/49/10. f. 5.
  7. Kindell. Royal Navy Roll of Honour Part 2. p. 163.
  8. Foster Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/49/10. f. 5.
  9. Foster Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/49/10. f. 5.
  10. Foster Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/49/10. f. 5.
  11. The Navy List. (January, 1910). p. 286.
  12. Foster Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/49/10. f. 5.
  13. Foster Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/49/10. f. 5.
  14. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 286.
  15. Foster Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/49/10. f. 5.
  16. Foster Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/49/10. f. 5.
  17. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 353.
  18. Foster Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/49/10. f. 5.
  19. Foster Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/49/10. f. 5.
  20. Foster Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/49/10. f. 5.
  21. Kindell. Royal Navy Roll of Honour Part 2. p. 163.