Fonds F0131 - William Wasbrough Foster fonds

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William Wasbrough Foster fonds


  • 1916-1936 (Creation)

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5 cm of textual records

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Biographical history

Maj Gen W. W. Foster was born in Bristol, England in mid-1870. He studied at Wycliffe College and immigrated to British Columbia in 1894, where he lived in Victoria and found employment in the lumber industry. He enlisted with the 2nd Canadian Mounted rifles in November 1914 and shipped overseas in June 1915. In August 1917 he was transferred and given command of the 52nd (New Ontario) Battalion. During the course of the war, Maj Gen Foster was awarded the DSO and two bars for demonstrating conspicuous gallantry and exemplary leadership under fire. Following demobilization, he headed the Port of Vancouver Shipping Federation Special Constables force and in 1935 was named Chief Constable of the Vancouver Police Force (VPF). Maj Gen Foster left the VPF in 1939 to re-enlist and was tasked with overseeing the Canadian portion of the building of the Alaska Highway. After the war he was appointed head of BC Hydro. Maj Gen Foster died in 1954.

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Consists of material related to Foster's WWI service as member of the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles and later Commanding Officer of the 52nd Battalion.

Material is divided into four series:

  1. Trench notes and related correspondence.
  2. War summaries of action and operational orders
  3. Trench Map and Regimental History
  4. Clippings

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No further accruals are expected

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No restrictions on access.

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Archival materials do not circulate and must be consulted in the TMM Library and Archives Reading Room. Duplication of materials in the collection may be subject to copyright and other restrictions. Please contact TMM Library and Archives staff for guidance on reproduction.

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  • English

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Fonds processed in 2011 by unknown archivist. Reprocessed in 2019 by Jason Nisenson.




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This AtoM record created by Jason Nisenson, November 2019.

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