William Denis Foran served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1. He is entitled to the Distinguished Conduct Medal, the 1914-15 Star, the British War medal, Victory Medal and the 1937 Coronation medal. His enlistment number was 32754.
He was born on September 4th, 1891 in Eardley, Quebec.
He enlisted in Valcartier Quebec on September 24th, 1914 in the 1st Canadian Field Ambulance.
Trade: Dominion Police Religion: Roman Catholic
Height: 5’ 10” Weight: 200 lbs. Eyes: blue Hair: fair
October 4th, 1914 : Sailed to United Kingdom on SS Megantic
February 10th, 1915: He embarked on the SS Archimedes and landed in France.
April 22nd: Promoted to the rank of Corporal.
April 23rd: Admitted to hospital for a sprained ankle and discharged on the 25th.
May 23rd: Admitted to hospital for laryngitis and discharged on the 30th.
June 10th : Promoted to the rank of Sergeant
April 26th, 1916: Transferred to the 1st Canadian Train Division
May 13th : Granted 9 days of leave. He was back on the 22nd.
November 26th: Promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer Class 1 (Sergeant-Major)
June 14 th, 1917: Sent back to Canada at his own cost on compassionate grounds. He left for Canada on the SS Justicia on June 30th for 12 weeks. His leave was extended until February 1918. Usually soldiers did not get that kind of extended leave to Canada, it must have been very important.
April 13th, 1918: he was back in France with the 1st Canadian Train Division
He embarked on the H.M.T. Saturnia in Glasgow, United Kingdom on June 18th 1919. He arrived in Montreal, Quebec on June 28th.
June 3rd, 1919: He was awarded his Distinguished Conduct Medal (London Gazette 31370). The citation for his medal is “For gallantry and devotion to duty. During the Cambrai operations in September 1918, when Haynecourt had been captured. An advanced dressing station was established there, and the village was being continually shelled. In order to relieve the congestion, he volunteered to guide the horse ambulance up (attached to the 1st Canadian Field Ambulance)”
He was discharged on June 30th in Ottawa, Ontario. His proposed address of residence was Aylmer, Quebec.
He moved to Ottawa sometime after his discharge.
He was a City Councillor for the city of Aylmer, Quebec from 1949 to 1953.
He died May 30th, 1969 and he is buried in St-Paul Cemetery in Aylmer (now Gatineau), Quebec.
He had a brother James Foran who served with the 29th battalion and received the Military Medal.
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Photo of Sergent-Major William D Foran
Pictures of William D Foran gravestones in St-Paul Cemetery. There are two mistakes on the first stone, his middle name initial is D and not O and his rank was Regimental-Sergeant-Major (RSM) and not Company-Sergeant-Major (CSM)
A second stone, flat on the groung at the foot of the first one, was made probably to correct the two mistakes.