- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Acting Lieutenant General
- 2nd Canadian Infantry Division, Canadian Army
- Awarded on:
- February 21st, 1946
"This officer commanded 2 Canadian Infantry Division with distinction from the time it was first committed in the Northwest European theatre of operations until 9 November 1944 when he proceeded to Italy to command 1 Canadian Corps. Under his skilful leadership this Corps added to the laurels it had already won in the Italian theatre.
1 Canadian Corps was transferred to the Northwest European theatre in March 1945. Here it was given an important role designed to destroy the enemy in West Holland. Lieutenant-General Foulkes applied himself to this problem with the utmost ability and resource. The troops under his command speedily carried out an assault crossing of the Ijssel, captured Arnhem and advanced to the Ijssel Meer. Shortly after the 25th German Army surrendered to his troops.
Lieutenant-General Foulkes, both prior to and particularly after this capitulation also addressed himself to the pressing and essential task of bringing immediate relief to the Dutch people. He did everything possible to ensure that the utmost military assistance was given to the distribution of food and other essential supplies and the restoration of public utilities. He and the forces under his command not only contributed very materially to the liberation of the Netherlands but also greatly assisted in the preliminary stages of the rehabilitation of the Dutch economy."
LG 37476/1053. Royal decree no. 2 (8 December 1945)