Distinguished Service Medal & Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Pair – Petty Officer on Minesweepers

 

 

Distinguished Service Medal & Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Pair

 

 

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Distinguished Service Medal named to:

 

P.O.   W. Foster   D/J 112980

 

 

 

Long Service And Good Conduct Medal named to:

 

J 112980 W. Foster    P.O.   H.M.S. FOLIOT

 

 

 

William Foster, born 5th November 1909 in Penarth, Cardiff. Residing in 59 Lewis Street, Newport, Monmouthshire.. Joined the Navy 5th November 1914 as a boy sailor. Later lived with his wife Maud at 64 Clevedon Road, Newport, Monmouthshire, South Wales.

 

He was awarded the Silver Anti-Submarine and Mine Sweeper Badge on 16th June 1940.

 

 

 

List of Documents

 

1)      Certificate of Service and envelope

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His service record shows him serving on various shore bases and ships including – Impregnable, Resolution, Vivid, Ramillies, Dorsetshire, Hermes, Drake, Vernon, Paragon, Eaglet, Kingfisher, Lilac, Lowestoft, Goldcrest, Harrier, Fieldfare, Catherine, Grecian, Bam.

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2)      S – 1245 Gunnery History Sheet pt 1

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His Gunnery skills are evident judging by his results.

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3)      S – 1245 Gunnery History Sheet pt 2

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He served on the following ships during Gunnery training. HMS Resolution, HMS Vega, HMS Dorsetshire, HMS Lowestoft, HMS Kingfisher. Also carried out test firing on HMS Steadfast, HMS Broke, HMS Scotsman, HMS Curacao, and at Wembley Ranges.

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4)      S – 239 Recommendations For Advancement and Conduct Record Sheet

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The following 9 Naval Messages below show him to be a very good Petty Officer and leader. They are short testimonials from the ship served in.

 

5)      S – 1320b – Naval Message – 2 – 23/03/1937 HMS Lowestoft

13 Naval Message 21 3 1937 HMS Lowestoft

 

 

6)      S – 1320b – Naval Message – 3 – 09/08/1938 HMS Kingfisher

14 Naval Message 09 08 1938 HMS Kingfisher

 

 

7)      S – 1320b – Naval Message – 4 – 07/04/1939 HMS Lilac

15 Naval Message 17 04 1939 HMS Lilac

 

 

8)      S – 1320b – Naval Message – 5 – 01/12/1939 HMS Lilac

16 Naval Message 01 12 1939 HMS Lilac

 

 

9)      S – 1320b – Naval Message – 6 – 12/7/1943 – HMS Foliot

17 Naval Message 12 09 1934 HMS Foliot

 

 

10)   S – 1320b – Naval Message – 7 – 12/06/1936 HMS Grecian

18 Naval Message 12 06 1948 HMS Grecian

 

 

11)   S – 1320b – Naval Message – 8 – 29/11/1946 HMS Catherine

19 Naval Message 29 11 1946 HMS Catherine

 

 

12)   S – 1320b – Naval Message – 9 – 24/03/1947 HMS Catherine

20 Naval Message 24 03 1947 HMS Catherine

 

 

13)   S – 1320b – Naval Message – 10 – 28/10/1947 HMS Fieldfare

21 Naval Message 28 10 1947 HMS Fieldfare

 

 

14)   World War 2 Medal Entitlement Slip

22 Copy (2) of 002

 

 

He is entitled to the following World War 2 medals in addition – 1939 – 1945 Star, Atlantic Star, France and Germany Star, War Medal.

 

15)   Admiralty Letter 8th January 1946 – Confirmation of DSM Award.

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The letter from the Admiralty 8th January 1946 which confirms the DSM Award cites his “gallantry in the face of the enemy” and his general devotion to duty.

 

16)   Buckingham Palace Letter

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17)   Office of Flag Officer, Rosyth Commendation Letter 20th January 1947.

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This letter is a Special Order of the Day Commendation for Zeal and Devotion to duty in the Rosyth Command.

 

18)   R N A S Dale Letter – 25th July 1949

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This handwritten letter commends William Foster for this honesty, trustworthiness and humour whilst running the bar and canteen at the station in Dale, South Wales.

 

19)   Admiralty Letter 4th November 1949 – Service Thank You  Letter

27 Admiralty leaving letter 4 11 1949

 

 

The letter is signed, By Command of their Lordships. J G LANG

 

20)   B – 107a – Naval Pensioners Notice

28 Pension notice

 

 

21)   S – 1586 – Order for Release from Naval Service – 4th November 1949

29 Order for release

 

 

22)   S – 460A – Interim Trade Certificate – 7th November 1949

30 Copy of 003

 

 

A further document confirming his superior qualities.

 

23)   MOB 31 – 23rd Jan 1961 – Stand down letter.

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24)   Letter from Naval Secretary’s Office ref research request.

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The family have previously tried to research William Foster and the letter from the Naval Secretary’s Department direct the family to the PRO at Kew.

 

 

 

So, the search starts for the actual citation for William Foster’s Distinguished Service Medal. He certainly was extremely highly thought of and was a very skilled Petty Officer. It looks as though much of his war was on minesweepers  and with the letter from the Admiralty confirming his DSM specifically mentioning “gallantry in the face of the enemy” he fought a long and hard war.

 

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