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Foulkes, Charles

Date of birth:
January 3rd, 1903 (Stocton on tees, England)
Date of death:
September 12th, 1969 (Ottawa, Antario, Canada)
Nationality:
Canadian (1931-present, Constitutional Monarchy)

Biography

Honorary citizen of Wageningen

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Brigadier
Awarded on:
January 1st, 1944
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Major-General
Awarded on:
December 23rd, 1944
"In recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe."
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Lieutenant General
Awarded on:
June 21st, 1945
"In recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy."
Companion of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant-general
Awarded on:
September 22nd, 1945
"In recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy."
Mentioned in Despatches
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Lieutenant General
Unit:
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)
Grootofficier in de Orde van Oranje Nassau (ON.2)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Lieutenant General
Awarded on:
April 4th, 1946
"In recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe."
Mentioned in Despatches
Rank:
General
Awarded on:
December 1968
"For a lifetime of service to Canada in various military posts including those of Chief of the General Staff and first Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff."
Companion of the Order of Canada

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