James Foley

Aug 9, 1886

Born in Glasgow, Scotland


Jul 17, 1917

Attested into the CEF at the Toronto, Ontario Mobilization Centre 

Ø      Number 2507375

Ø      Next of kin given as Amanda Foley, wife, 1243 N. 27th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

o       His own current address was given as 306 W. 149th St., New York, New York, USA

Ø      Previous occupation given as Cook

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian


Jul 18, 1917

On the day after attesting, he was posted to the 110th Irish Regiment in Toronto for training


Aug 12, 1917

Posted to the 1st Depot Battalion, COR (Central Ontario Regiment) in Toronto


Feb 12, 1918

Transferred to the 2nd Depot Battalion, COR in Toronto


May 15, 1918

Embarked the SS Ajana in Halifax, Nova Scotia


May 27, 1918

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Witley, where the draft was absorbed into the 3rd Reserve Battalion to continue training


Sep 12, 1918

Transferred to the 19th Battalion


Sep 13, 1918

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 19th Battalion


Sep 16, 1918

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St. Vaast


Sep 21, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion while still at the CC Rein C without having joined the 19th Battalion


Sep 22, 1918

After leaving the CC Rein C, Private Foley joined the 21st Battalion Rear Details, in an area near the front line as part of a draft of 36 reinforcements from the CC Rein C.  The front line elements of the battalion were in the Brigade Support lines in the Buissy Switch


Oct 11, 1918

During an attack on Avesnes-le-Sec, and after only being with the battalion about 3 weeks, Private James Foley was first reported missing, but his body was recovered and he was declared to have been killed in action.  He was subsequently buried in the Niagara Military Cemetery, Iwuy, France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Amanda Foley, 2711 W. Thompson St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA 

A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Mary Jane Foley, PO Box 507, Salisbury, South Rhodesia, South Africa


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