Foster, William Wasborough
William Wasborough Foster, military officer, public servant, mountaineer (b at Bristol, Eng 1875; d at Vancouver 2 Dec 1954). Energetic, capable and good-humoured, Foster immigrated to Canada in 1894 to work for the CPR before becoming BC's deputy minister of public works in 1910. A front-line soldier in WWI, he won 15 decorations, a battlefield promotion and a Victoria Cross recommendation, honours that contributed to his 1935 appointment as Vancouver's chief of police. In WWII, as a major-general responsible for the defence of western Canada, he supervised construction of the Canadian portion of the Al-Can Highway. As much mountaineer as militiaman, he participated in the first ascents of Mount ROBSON (1913) and Mount LOGAN (1925).