John Foster (priest)

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The Very Reverend John William Foster BEM was an eminent Anglican priest in the second half of the twentieth century.

He was born on 5 August 1921 and served in the Leicestershire Yeomanry from 1939 to 1946. After studying at St Aidan’s College, Birkenhead he was ordained in 1955.[1] After a curacy in Loughborough he moved to Hong Kong. He was Chaplain to the Hong Kong Defence Force and of the territory's cathedral.[2] In 1960 he became its Precentor and in 1963 its Dean, a post he held for a decade. He was the Vicar of Lythe from 1973 to 1978; and Dean of Guernsey from then until 1988.

He died on 7 March 2000.[3]


  1. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 Lambeth, Church House, 1975 OCLC 25885092 ISBN 978-0-19-200008-8
  2. ^ Cathedral web site
  3. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Barry Dorn Till
Dean of Hong Kong
Succeeded by
Rex Alan Howe
Preceded by
Frederick Walter Cogman
Dean of Guernsey
Succeeded by
Jeffery Robert Fenwick