October 3, 1835, Chatham, Kent, England.

August 29, 1912, Rotherham, Yorkshire, England.

Coster studied for the Congregational ministry at New College, London. He was ordained in 1859 at Newport, Essex, and held pastorates in Newport; Barnstaple, Devon; Stroud, Gloucestershire; Hull, Yorkshire; South Norwood, Surrey; Whitby, Yorkshire; and Hessle (near Hull). He was largely responsible for founding the Victoria Hospital for children in Hull, and the local branch of The Guild of Brave Poor Things. He retired in 1902 to live at Birkdale, Lancashire, and at Rotherham. In addition to many sermons and tracts, he published:

  1. Comrades’ Names Are on Our Banner
  2. Doest Thou Bow Beneath the Burthen
  3. From North and South and East and West
  4. Going to the Father
  5. King of the City Splendid
  6. Lord of the Gracious Sunshine
  7. Lord of the Sea! Afar from Land
  8. March On, O Soul, with Strength
  9. O Friend Divine! with Thee Apart
  10. Skill and Beauty from Thee Live
  11. Thou Whose Great Baptismal Hour
  12. We Join with All in Every Place