James Patrick Foy

Feb 1, 1896

Born in Liverpool, England to Patrick and Flora (nee McCann) Foy


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59337 (temporary number 753)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. P Foy, mother, 181 Beauford St., Liverpool, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

o   Later noted as Farm Labourer and Porter

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø  Posted to “G” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “D” Company

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 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Dec 12, 1915

Sentenced to 5 days Field Punishment No. 2 for selling government property and forfeited $9.68 to pay for his overcoat


Dec 28, 1915

Sentenced to 21 days Field Punishment No. 1 for not complying with an order and for being absent from the trenches. 


Jan 7, 1916

Attached to the 250th Tunnelling Company for duty


Jan 9, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Constipation. 


Jan 10, 1916

He was transferred to the Division Rest Station in Godewaersvelde, France where the diagnosis was changed to read Indigestion


Jan 12, 1916

Discharged to duty from the rest station


Jan 17, 1916

Sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment No. 1 for leaving the Covering Party without permission


Mar 25, 1916

Admitted to the No. 4 Canadian Field Ambulance with an infected left ankle


Mar 26, 1916

Transferred to the Division Rest Station at No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance at Loker, Belgium where the diagnosis was changed to read ICT (Inter Connective Tissue) infection


Mar 29, 1916

Discharged to duty from the rest station


Apr 12, 1916

Sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment No. 1 for being absent from Fatigue Duty


Apr 20, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from the tunnelling company


Jun 14, 1916

Admitted to the 2nd Division Rest Station with a diagnosis that reads Shell Shock


Jun 19, 1916

Transferred to the No. 15 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with a skin abrasion on his left foot in addition to his Shell Shock


Jun 29, 1916

Discharged to duty and rejoined the 21st Battalion


Oct 5, 1916

Admitted to the No. 12, Australian Field Ambulance for dental work and was transferred to the No. 10 Casualty Clearing Station for treatment


Oct 13, 1916

Transferred back to the No. 12 Australian Field Ambulance and immediately transferred to the No. 4 Division Rest Station with a diagnosis that reads Bronchitis


Oct 14, 1916

Transferred to the No. 14 General Hospital in Wimereux, France


Oct 21, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Auxiliary Military Hospital in Southall

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Nov 3, 1916

Transferred to the Royal Herbert Hospital in Woolwich


Nov 15, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Dec 4, 1916

Discharged from hospital and reported to the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre in Hastings


Dec 5, 1916

Attached to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Command Depot) for Physical Training in Seaford


Mar 10, 1917

Transferred to the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot and remained attached to the Command Depot


Aug 20, 1918

Medical Board held at Seaford notes

Ø  Patient suffers from General Weakness and Dyspnoea

Ø  Since being evacuated to England has been doing Physical Training and carrying on as a Drummer in the Pipe Band

Ø  Weight is 15 lbs below normal

Ø  Patient is poorly nourished


Sep 17, 1918

Transferred to the permanent staff at the 3rd Canadian Command Depot in Seaford


Oct 18, 1918

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


Nov 19, 1918

Embarked the SS Scandinavian in Liverpool



Dec 1, 1918

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario.  On arrival in Toronto he was posted to the Casualty Company at the Park School


Dec 2, 1918

Granted leave until December 16, 1918


Dec 21, 1918

X-Ray report from the Toronto General Hospital notes

Ø  Bronchial tree is thickened and numerous calcified glands present

Ø  Radiologist’s opinion is that it is caused by an infection in early life

Ø  Present disability is mild Chronic Bronchitis


Dec 31, 1918

Discharged from the CEF in Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 1153 Wellington St., Ottawa, Ontario

Following the end of the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 237 Bay St., Ottawa, Ontario


Nov 24, 1920

Married to Kathleen O’Connor in Ottawa, Ontario


Oct 31, 1929

James’ wife Kathleen died while a patient of the Ottawa Civic Hospital of General Peritonitis


Mar 14, 1930

Married to Mary Florence Ryder in Ottawa, Ontario

Following the marriage, the couple moved to England to take up residence


Aug 13, 1959

James Patrick Foy died in Wolverhampton, England.  He was cremated and buried in the Bushbury Crematorium Cemetery, Wolverhampton, England



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