Norman Sedley Foreman

Jan 10, 1897

Born in Bracebridge, Ontario to John Wesley and Bessie (nee Gale) Foreman


Jan 4, 1916

Attested into the 168th Battalion CEF in Tillsonburg, Ontario

Ø  Number 675008

Ø  Next of kin given as John Forman, father, RR# 1 Ostrander, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Methodist

Ø  Posted to “C” Company

The battalion initially trained in Camp Francis, near London, Ontario before moving to Camp Borden near Barrie to continue training


Oct 7, 1916

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Oct 10, 1916

Reported for duty.  There is no punishment noted in the file


Oct 30, 1916

Embarked the SS Lapland in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Nov 11, 1916

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


Dec 6, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion in East Sandling. 


Feb 1, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Feb 2, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Feb 15, 1917

Before he could leave the base depot, he was admitted to the No. 7 Canadian Stationary Hospital in Harfleur after accidentally spraining his right ankle


Feb 23, 1917

Discharged from hospital to duty at the base depot


Mar 5, 1917

After leaving the base depot, he joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion in Hersin, France


Apr 4, 1917

After leaving the entrenching battalion, Private Foreman joined the 21st Battalion resting north of Camblain L’Abbé and employed as a Runner.  Note that the battalion was in final preparations for the attack on Vimy Ridge just 5 days later.


Aug 15, 1917

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a bullet wound to his left arm received during the fighting at Hill 70


Aug 17, 1917

Transferred to the No. 4 Canadian Field Ambulance


Aug 19, 1917

Discharged from the field ambulance and rejoined the 21st Battalion


Sep 21, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Oct 1, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from leave


Jan 4, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Feb 1, 1918

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal


Feb 5, 1918

Appointed to the rank of Acting Corporal without pay


Jun 30, 1918

Admitted to the No. 4 Canadian Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads ICT (Inter Connective Tissue) infection in his chest

Relinquished the rank of Acting Corporal on being admitted to hospital and reverted to the rank of Lance Corporal


Jul 8, 1918

Discharged from the field ambulance and rejoined the 21st Battalion


Aug 18, 1918

Reverted to the rank of Private at his own request


Aug 27, 1918

During the advance on the Sensee River south-east of Vis-en-Artois, France, Private Foreman was shot in the left leg by a machine gun bullet that fractured his tibia bone slightly above the ankle.  He was evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid before being transported to a casualty clearing station for further assessment.  He wrote home later explaining that he had to walk to the field ambulance using sticks for crutches.


Aug 30, 1918

Transferred to the No. 16 General Hospital in Le Treport, France


Sep 2, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Carisbrook Castle


On arrival in England, he was admitted to the Reading War Hospital

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


Nov 7, 1918

Transferred to the Canadian Military Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Dec 16, 1918

Attached to the 1st CCD (Canadian Command Depot) for physical training


Jan 7, 1919

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Jan 18, 1919

Attached to Military District No. 1 at the CCC (Canadian Concentration Camp) in Kinmel Park pending return to Canada


Jan 29, 1919

Embarked the SS Baltic in Liverpool



Feb 5, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to London, Ontario where he was Taken On Strength District Depot No. 1


Feb 8, 1919

Posted to the Casualty Company and granted leave until February 26, 1919


Mar 1, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in London, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 245123

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge RR #1, Ostrander, Ontario

Following his discharge, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Springford, Ontario


Nov 24, 1920

Married to Vera May Scott in Springford, Ontario


Sep 17, 1970

Norman Sedley Foreman died while a patient of the Westminster Hospital in Hamilton and was buried in the New Delmer Cemetery, Delmer, Ontario



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