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Chronology

Sir John Galway Foster QC
  • 1904: John Galway Foster born, the son of General Hubert John Foster
  • 1923: Won Stanhope Essay Prize and the Heath Harrison Travelling Scholarship in French
  • 1924: Elected Fellow of All Souls
  • 1924: First Class of Modern History School
  • 1927: Called to the Bar by Inner Temple
  • 1932: Appointed Examiner in Common Law, Criminal Law and Procedure at the Inns of Court
  • 1934: Appointed Lecturer in Private International Law for five years
  • 1936: Became Recorder of Dudley
  • 1938: Appointed Recorder of Oxford
  • 1939: Appointed to the British Embassy in Washington as First Secretary (awarded American Legion of Merit)
  • 1939: Attached to Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force as legal adviser with the rank of Brigadier. Awarded Legion of Honour and Croix de Guerre
  • 1945: Elected Conservative Member of Parliament for Northwich, Cheshire
  • 1950: Took silk
  • 1951: Resigned after 13 years as Recorder at Oxford on appointment as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Commonwealth Relations
  • 1954: Resigned as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Commonwealth Relations in order to continue legal practice
  • 1956: Appointed once more as Recorder of the City of Oxford
  • 1964: Ceased being Recorder of Oxford
  • 1964: Awarded KBE
  • 1971: Appointed by British Government to chair Enquiry into Scientology
  • 1974: Ceased to represent Northwich as MP
  • 1976: Represented Geoffrey Russell before the House of Lords Committee of Privileges, successfully arguing that he was the rightful heir to the barony of Ampthill
  • 1982: 1 February: died in London
  • 1986: 4 November: The first John Foster Memorial Lecture at UCL. The address was given by Miriam Rothschild on the life of John Galway Foster


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