Thomas John Foran

Oct 18, 1899

Born in Chapleau, Ontario


Nov 16, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59329 (temporary number 1002)

Ø  Next of kin given as William J. Foran, father, Edmonton, Alberta

Ø  Previous occupation given as School

o   Later noted as Scholar

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø  Posted to “E” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

On attesting Thomas Foran lied about his age, stating he was born in 1896 because he was only 15 years old.

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 3, 1915

Admitted to the St. Martin’s Plain Tent Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Gonorrhea


Sep 9, 1915

Posted to “C” Company while in hospital


Sep 14, 1915

The 21st Battalion embarked for France, however Private Foran remained behind in hospital


Sep 25, 1915

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling for pay purposes while in hospital


Oct 19, 1915

Discharged from hospital and joined the 39th Reserve Battalion


Oct 30, 1915

Forfeited 11 day’s pay for being AWL (Absent Without Leave)

Oct 31, 1915

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Nov 2, 1915

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 450 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Nov 5, 1915

Admitted to the No. 9 Stationary Hospital with a diagnosis that reads NYD (Not Yet Determined).  This was later changed to read VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Nov 16, 1915

Discharged to the No. 1 Camp Details from hospital


Nov 20, 1915

Transferred to the base depot and posted to “A” Company for those recovering from wounds and illness


Nov 27, 1915

Private Foran left the base depot to join the battalion


Nov 30, 1915

Thomas Foran rejoined the 21st Battalion at the front on the Ypres Salient in Belgium


Feb 2, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Feb 19, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Mar 12, 1917

It would appear that there is a page missing from the file as there are no details about Private Foran being wounded.  However, Arthur Esdon records in his diary that Tommy Foran was wounded in his foot on this date.  The 21st Battalion War Diary records 3 casualties on this date while supplying fatigue parties


Mar 16, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Grantully Castle


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Dustan War Hospital in Northampton with a rifle bullet wound to his left foot.

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Mar 23, 1917

Transferred to the Daventry Auxiliary Hospital, High Street, Daventry


May 15, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


May 31, 1917

Discharged from hospital and transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Jul 23, 1917

Sentenced to 21 days Field Punishment No. 2 and forfeited 6 days pay for being absent for 6 days


Aug 24, 1917

Sentenced to 28 days Field Punishment No. 2 for being absent for 5 hours on August 20 and for being absent from August 21 to August 23, 1917


Aug 27, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Aug 28, 1917

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and Taken On Strength the 21st Battalion


Sep 2, 1917

Admitted to the No. 51 General Hospital in Etaples with a diagnosis that reads Venereal Disease Gonorrhea


Oct 2, 1917

Transferred to the No. 20 General Hospital in Dannes Camiers and the diagnosis is changed to read Scabies


Oct 7, 1917

Discharged to the No. 2 Canadian Infantry Base Depot and posted to “A” Company for those recovering from wounds and illness


Oct 15, 1917

Readmitted to the No. 51 General Hospital for more treatment for his Gonorrhea


Nov 15, 1917

Discharged to the base depot in Etaples and posted “A” Company


Nov 24, 1917

After leaving the base depot he joined the Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp in Calonne Ricouart, France


Dec 2, 1917

After leaving the reinforcement camp, Private Foran rejoined the 21st Battalion resting in the Suburban Camp near Villers au Bois, France


Apr 1, 1918

While the 21st Battalion was occupying the front lines near Neuville Vitasse, France, the men came under an enemy artillery barrage overnight and into the early morning of April 2nd.  The battalion suffered 60 casualties, 6 of whom were killed, with the remainder wounded.  Private Foran’s “C” Company suffered the most casualties at 3 killed and 22 wounded.  Private Foran received wounds to his right hand and arm.


Apr 2, 1918

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid before being transported to the No. 3 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment of the wounds to his hand and arm


Apr 4, 1918

Transferred via the No. 20 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 47 General Hospital in Le Treport


Apr 19, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Guildford Castle


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Norfolk War Hospital in Thorpe

Transferred to the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot for pay purposes while in hospital


Jul 4, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Jul 18, 1918

Forfeited 2 days pay for being absent from 8 pm to 10:50 pm and for breaking into the hospital


Aug 8, 1918

Sentenced to 28 days detention for being absent from July 20 to 12.45 am July 21, breaking into the hospital and for being improperly dressed


Aug 30, 1918

He was released from detention 6 days early


Oct 11, 1918

Discharged from hospital and attached to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot)


Nov 1, 1918

Sentenced to 7 days Field Punishment No. 2 for being absent for 9 days


Nov 27, 1918

Ceased to be attached to the convalescent depot and transferred to the No. 1 Canadian Command Depot and posted to the Depot Company in Witley


Dec 10, 1918

Attached to the 1st CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada


Dec 12, 1918

Embarked the SS Northland in Liverpool



Dec 26, 1918

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Ottawa, Ontario


Dec 27, 1918

Taken On Strength Military District #3 Sub Depot in Ottawa

Granted leave until January 11, 1919


Jan 13, 1919

Medical Board in Ottawa notes

Ø  Received a wound to his right hand in France

Ø  2 scars are adherent to underlying tissue

Ø  Suffers from weakness in hand

Ø  A slight tremor present

Ø  Can fully open and close hand

Ø  Right hand is weaker than left hand

Ø  Will likely improve in 3 months


Jan 18, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Ottawa, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Eganville, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Eganville, Ontario


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