Rank:


Driver

Service No(s):


121544

Regiment:


Royal Horse Artillery; Royal Field Artillery

Unit:

235 (5th London) Brigade RFA.

Returned:

Yes

Place of birth:

Surbition, Surrey

Occupation:

Date of death:

Cause of death:

Grave or panel reference:

Name of father:

William James Foy

Name of siblings:

William; Harry; Jocelyn; Percy

Name(s) of children:

Quinton; Irene

Died:

No

Date of birth:

19/02/1898

Place of enlistment:

Event:

Age at death:

Cemetery or memorial:

Other memorial:

Name of mother:

Louisa Foy, nee Anderson

Name of spouse:

Florence Foy, nee Warr

Address:

1911 Census- 26 Charteris Road

Biography:

Quinton Foy was the youngest of four Stroud Green brothers who served in the war and are commemorated at St Mellitus. He, like Harry and Percy returned safely, but Percy’s twin, Jocelyn, was killed in action just two months before the Armistice.

Quinton was born in Surbiton, Surrey, in February 1898,  to William James Foy, and his wife Louisa, both of whom came originally from the north of Ireland. 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. William is not listed with the family in the 1901 census, perhaps because he was on night duty on Sunday 2 April. By 1911 William was working as a ‘Traveller and Collector, Coal Trade.’ Quinton was at school. 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.

Quinton served as a Driver in the Royal Horse Artillery and the Royal Field Artillery. These were two of the three arms of the Royal Artillery, the third being the Royal Garrison Artillery. The RFA was the largest branch, providing howitzers and medium artillery near the front line. The RHA provided artillery support to the cavalry. Driver was a military rank equivalent to the rank of Private in other parts of the Army and was originally used for the men who drove the teams of horses that pulled the guns.

There are few records of Quinton’s military service, but we do know from a report in the War Office Daily List of 9 July 1918 that he was wounded, and was thus entitled to wear the Wound Stripe on his uniform. This was a strip of ‘gold Russia braid, No.1, two inches in length, sewn perpendicularly on the left sleeve of the jacket’ to mark each occasion on which a soldier was wounded.  At the end of the war, in 1919, Quinton was in C Company, 235 (5th London) Brigade of the RFA. If he served with them throughout, he would have seen action in many battles, including Loos, the Somme and Messines. He was awarded the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.

After the war Quinton returned home and in April 1924 he married Florence Warr at St Mark’s Church on Tollington Park. He was working as a barman and Florence was a clerk. They continued to live at 26 Charteris Road and brought up their family there. In 1939, at the outbreak of the Second World War, Harry, Quinton’s oldest brother, and his wife Lilian also lived there. Both men had jobs in the coal trade, Quinton as a ‘coal (trolley) salesman’ and Harry as a coal porter.