Rank:


Private

Service No(s):


G/3568; T/389033

Regiment:


Royal Fusiliers; Army Service Corps

Unit:

Returned:

Yes

Place of birth:

Strand, London

Occupation:

Wheelwright Van Works

Date of death:

Cause of death:

Grave or panel reference:

Name of father:

William James Foy

Name of siblings:

William; Jocelyn; Percy; Quinton

Name(s) of children:

Died:

No

Date of birth:

25/03/1892

Place of enlistment:

Event:

Age at death:

Cemetery or memorial:

Other memorial:

Name of mother:

Louisa Foy, nee Anderson

Name of spouse:

Lilian Foy, nee Le Brocq

Address:

1911 Census- 26 Charteris Road

Biography:

Harry Foy was one of four brothers to serve in the Army in the First World War. Three, including Harry, returned safely but the fourth, Jocelyn, was killed in action in September 1918.

Harry Foy was born in March 1892 in central London. His parents, William James Foy and his wife Louisa, nee Anderson, were originally from Belfast and Sligo respectively. The family moved to north London where William was a police constable in the Highgate Division until 1904, when he retired from the force at the age of 46 with a pension of £54.3s.10d per annum. The family lived at 26 Charteris Road, close to New Court Chapel and to the Mission and Boys Club, which it ran in Lennox Road. William is not listed with the family in the 1901 census, perhaps because he was on night duty on Sunday 2 April.

The oldest son of the family, also called William, died in 1909 aged 21. The 1911 Census shows Harry, aged 19, working as a wheelwright at a van works. The twins, Percy and Jocelyn, aged 16, were respectively a butcher and a wharf clerk, and the youngest, Quinton, was at school. Their father, William James, was working as a ‘Traveller and Collector, Coal Trade.’

Harry’s service file has not survived so there is little information about his war. He seems to have been a Private in the Royal Fusiliers and in the Army Service Corps. There are no records of medical admissions, unlike his brothers, so perhaps he was fortunate not to be wounded or ill during his service.

The Royal Fusiliers were also known as the City of London Regiment. They raised no fewer than 47 battalions for the war, many serving on the Western Front, but also in Egypt, Palestine and East Africa. The Army Service Corps operated the transport systems that delivered ammunition, food and equipment to the Front Line. They used horses and motorised vehicles, as well as railways and waterways. Harry’s service number has the letter T prefix, which indicates he was part of the Horse Transport section, the largest in the Service Corps. It may be that his trade before the war, wheelwright, was useful in wartime.

After the war, Harry returned to Stroud Green. On 3 March 1924 he married Lilian Le Brocq, who came from St Helier on Jersey, at St Marks Church in Tollington Park. His occupation was coal porter. Harry and Lily lived with other members of the family at 26 Charteris Road and were still living there in 1939, along with Harry’s brother Quinton and his wife Florence.