Dr. Harold Emile Foex was born in Sugar City, Colorado on the 6th of November, 1907. His parents were Harold Emile Foex and the former Ethel Elsie Teters. His father worked at a sugar mill and he had a sister Helen. Dr. Foex moved to Chatham as a child and he was educated at the Central School and then Chatham Collegiate Institute. His father was a Superintendent at The Dominion Sugar Company in Chatham. Mr. Foex died from complications of an industrial accident at the Sugar Company on the 3rd of August, 1929.
Dr. Foex attended The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. He graduated M.D. in 1932 and L.M.C.C. the same year. He interned as a Junior Intern at Harper Hospital in Detroit, Michigan and then as a Senior Intern in Pathology at the Banting Institute and Toronto General Hospital from 1933-1934. He trained as a surgeon at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Ontario from 1934-1935. From 1935-1936, Dr. Foex was a resident in surgery at Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford, England.
Dr. Foex set up his practice in Chatham and had medical privileges at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Public General Hospital.
Dr. Foex married Phyllis Marjorie Graves-Morris on the 17th of September, 1938 in Thamesville. He had met his wife when he was in Oxford, England. Dr. and Mrs. Foex had 3 daughters: Judith, Caroline and Elizabeth.
On the 9th of August 1940, Dr. Foex enlisted with the Canadian Army Medical Corp. and served with the No. 2 Canadian General Hospital in Goose Bay, Labrador. At the time when he enlisted his office was located at 51 Sixth Street in Chatham.
A credit to Gathering Our Heroes for the following information in regards to Dr. Foex’s World War II contribution: ‘Captain Foex was the first Medical Officer of the 1st Battalion Kent Regiment, enlisting with the Regiment in 1940. Dr. Foex then went to Chorley Park Military hospital in Toronto and from there to Labrador with the C.A.M.C. In 1942 he was stationed at Chorley Park, Toronto, ON. as second in command of surgery. From there he went across the Atlantic in 1943 with No. 2 Canadian General Hospital. While at Bramshot, England he treated casualties from the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France for two months before going to the continent. He took a surgical team up to the front at Caen then moved to Liseux, Bolounge and Antwerp as the Canadian Army advanced. Major Foex would come out of the line in December of 1944 returning to No.2 General Hospital then located at Ghent, Belgium.’
Dr. Foex returned to Canada in 1945. For his surgical skill, he was awarded the M.B.E. After his service to his country, he returned to his surgical practice in Chatham. In 1967 his medical practice was located at 195 Wellington Street West.
Dr. Foex was a member of the Canadian Medical Association and at one time, he was President of the Kent County Medical Association. He was a member of the Chatham Rotary Club and enjoyed music and fishing.
Dr. Foex, died at his residence at 500 King Street West on the 2nd of May, 1968. He was buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham.
*Dr. Foex is featured on the Gathering Our Heroes website and the webmaster is grateful for their assistance. His father served during WWI for the United States Military. Mr. Foex served for the United States, but his next of kin, his wife Elsie was listed as living at 5 Raleigh Street in Chatham.
**The Chatham-Kent Museum assisted with providing a military photo of Dr. Foex……with thanks.