Distinguished Service Medal & Long Service & Good Conduct Medal Pair
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
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.
2) S – 1245 Gunnery History Sheet pt 1
His Gunnery skills are evident judging by his results.
3) S – 1245 Gunnery History Sheet pt 2
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.
4) S – 239 Recommendations For Advancement and Conduct Record Sheet
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
6) S – 1320b – Naval Message – 3 – 09/08/1938 HMS Kingfisher
7) S – 1320b – Naval Message – 4 – 07/04/1939 HMS Lilac
8) S – 1320b – Naval Message – 5 – 01/12/1939 HMS Lilac
9) S – 1320b – Naval Message – 6 – 12/7/1943 – HMS Foliot
10) S – 1320b – Naval Message – 7 – 12/06/1936 HMS Grecian
11) S – 1320b – Naval Message – 8 – 29/11/1946 HMS Catherine
12) S – 1320b – Naval Message – 9 – 24/03/1947 HMS Catherine
13) S – 1320b – Naval Message – 10 – 28/10/1947 HMS Fieldfare
14) World War 2 Medal Entitlement Slip
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.
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
17) Office of Flag Officer, Rosyth Commendation Letter 20th January 1947.
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
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
The letter is signed, By Command of their Lordships. J G LANG
20) B – 107a – Naval Pensioners Notice
21) S – 1586 – Order for Release from Naval Service – 4th November 1949
22) S – 460A – Interim Trade Certificate – 7th November 1949
A further document confirming his superior qualities.
23) MOB 31 – 23rd Jan 1961 – Stand down letter.
24) Letter from Naval Secretary’s Office ref research request.
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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