Mitchell "Max" Fox


Jun 7, 1901

Born at Toronto Ontario 

On Attestation he lied about his age, giving his birth date as June 6, 1896.


May 6, 1916

Attested into the 136th Battalion at Port Hope Ontario 

Ø      Number 805749

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Rose Fox (aunt) of 81 Bellevue Pl, Toronto Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

o       Even though he gave his occupation as Farmer, he gave his current address as Oshawa Ontario

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England 

Even though he gave his birth date as June 6, 1896, his “apparent age” on Attestation is recorded as 18 years.  The Medical Officer obviously knew he was lying.


Sep 25, 1916

Embarked the RMS Corsican at Halifax Nova Scotia



Oct 6, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England 

TOS 39th Battalion at West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent


Jan 1, 1917

TOS the 6th Reserve Battalion at Shorncliffe


Jun 20, 1917

TOS 21st Battalion and assigned to #2 Platoon, “A” Company, Machine Gun Section 

The Battalion was in the Barlin Training Area and billeted in the Coupigny Huts, carrying out re-equipping and cleaning up activities, as well as carrying on training exercises


Dec 31, 1917

Proceeded to Seaford England for discharge as a Minor


Apr 1918

After being shipped back to Canada, was discharged from the CEF as a Minor


Above, Max is second from the right in the lower photo.   Taken at the 1954 Reunion at Peterborough


Max was made Editor of the Communiqué, which was the post war newsletter of the 21st Battalion Association


Above is the Colour Party at the 1962 Reunion at the Seaway Hotel, Toronto Ontario


Above, Max, along with Howard Salisbury on the right, lay a wreath at the last reunion for the 21st Battalion Association in Bellleville Ontario in September, 1985.  They were 2 of only 4 members who were able to attend.  It would figure that they were the 2 youngest members of the Battalion, both having lied about their age in order to serve.

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