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