Harold "Tug" Victor Fox, MM


Apr 24, 1897

Born at Bailieboro Ontario to Matthew and Annie (nee Nixon) Fox


Aug 28, 1915

Attested into the Cyclist Battalion at Cobourg Ontario 

Ø      Number 169

Ø      Next of kin given as Matthew Fox (father) of 37 King St, Port Hope Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Plumber & Tinsmith

Ø      Previous military experience given as 1 year in the 46th Durham Regiment at Port Hope

Ø      Religion given as Church of England 

He gave his birth year on Attestation as 1896, making him 19 years of age, but on his medical, it was noted as being 1897 in the medical portion, making him too young to enlist without parental permission.  There is a hand written note stating that his Attestation was cancelled.


Oct 5, 1915

Attested into the 93rd Battalion at Peterborough Ontario 

Ø      Number 195079

o       Initially his number was recorded as 198079 but in March of 1916 it was changed to read 195079

Ø      Next of kin given as Annie J Fox (mother) of King St, Port Hope Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Tinsmith

Ø      Previous military experience given as 1 year in the 46th Regiment

Ø      Religion given as Methodist 

It would appear that he obtained his parents permission to enlist


Mar 31, 1916

It is noted in the Peterborough Examiner that he had graduated from the Signal Course “Grade A”


Jul 15, 1916

Embarked the Empress of Britain at Halifax Nova Scotia



Jul 25, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Otterpool Camp


Oct 6, 1916

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 97th Battalion at Seaford


Oct 30, 1916

TOS the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling


Jan 4, 1917

TOS the 6th Reserve Battalion at East Sandling


Feb 1, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Feb 2, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Feb 21, 1917

Left the CBD for the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Feb 24, 1917

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion at Hersin as part of a draft of 68 Other Ranks destined for the 21st Battalion


Mar 5, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in billets at Marles les Mines carrying out special training which was to lead up to the attack at Vimy Ridge.  He was assigned to “B” Company, however I could find no indication that he was employed as a signaler


Oct 5, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Dec 12, 1917

Granted 14 days leave to England


Dec 27, 1917

Rejoined the Battalion from leave


Aug 15, 1918

Suffered from the effects of gas exposure and admitted to No 11 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) and transferred the same day to No 47 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Aug 16, 1918

Transferred via No 24 AT (Ambulance Train)


Aug 17, 1918

Admitted to No 6 General Hospital at Rouen


Aug 20, 1918

Transferred to No 72 General Hospital at Trouville


Aug 28, 1918

Transferred to No 15 Convalescent Depot at Trouville


Sep 4, 1918

Announced in the 21st Battalion’s War Diary that he was to be awarded with the Military Medal


Sep 26, 1918

Discharged from the Convalescent Depot to Base


Sep 29, 1918

Arrived at No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) and posted to “A” Company for those recovering from illness and wounds


Oct 2, 1918

Arrived at CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) at Aubin St Vaast.  He was part of a draft of 130 Other Ranks destined for the Canadian 2nd Division


Oct 13, 1918

Left CC Rein C to join his unit


Oct 16, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the support trenches at Iwuy


Nov 24, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 23, 1918

Arrived at CC Rein C


Dec 26, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion 

There is no indication in the file as to why he overstayed his leave by almost 2 weeks, and there is no punishment recorded.


Jan 24, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per the London Gazette #31142


This was awarded for his acts of bravery during the heavy fighting on August 8, 1918 at Marcelcave


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia at Havre


Disembarked in England and proceeded to the Witley Camp and posted to “P” Wing at the Canadian Concentration Camp pending return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia at Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded by train to Kingston Ontario


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 279840

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge General Delivery, Port Hope Ontario


Aug 30, 1922

The British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Box 243, Port Hope Ontario


Jun 27, 1923

Married to Gladys McBride at Port Hope Ontario


Mar 22, 1985

Died at Port Hope Ontario 

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