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VERY SCARCE WW1 NEW ZEALAND MOUNTED RIFLES, PALESTINE MM GROUP, WOUNDED GALLIPOLI AN ORIGINAL TERRITORIAL CANTERBURY YEOMANRY CAVALRY MEMBER WHO SERVED THROUGHOUT WW1 AND REENLISTED IN WWII

‘7-331 SJT J FOSTER 1/CANTERBURY MR’, 1914-15 STAR, BWM, VICTORY MEDAL ‘7/331 SJT J FOSTER NZEF’, 1939-45 WM, NEW ZEALAND SERVICE MEDAL (UNNAMED AS ISSUED). CANTERBURY YEOMAN CAVALRY, CAP BADGE, PAIR OF MISMATCHED COLLAR BADGES, ONE STAMPED BY GAUNT, LONDON AS IS THE NZMR BADGE.

Private James Foster, born 1887, was a pre War member of the 1st Mounted Rifles/Canterbury Yeoman Cavalry (Territorial). He enlisted on 20 August 1914 into the newly formed Canterbury Mounted rifles, of which the Canterbury Yeomanry Cavalry became no 1 Squadron. Foster took part in the Gallipoli campaign and was wounded in action; gunshot to chest on 21st August 1915 at Hill 60…….

He was Awarded the Military Medal for acts of gallantry in the field (Published in the Egyptian Expeditionary Force routine orders 1 December 1918). He would have been one of the few ‘original’ members of the Territorial CYC and CMR’s to have taken part in the entire War, reaching the rank of Sgt and this no doubt had some part in his Award also. See Sgt Geddes 2/ALH MM, also on this site, for a very similar service.

Just 23 Military Medals Awarded to the Canterbury Mounted rifles during WW1.

Condition GVF+, Copy of service records and some of War Diary on CD. A superb and scarce group to an original member of CMR’s.

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