Foulkes, Joseph

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Joseph Foulkes

23449, Private, 14th King’s (Liverpool Regiment)
Killed in action, 24 June 1917, aged 23
Buried at Doiran Military Cemetery, Doirani, Greece

CWGC registered (Son of Joseph and Annie Foulkes, of “Bon Air”, Oxford Rd., Llandudno)


Joseph J Foulkes was the second son of Joseph Foulkes, a plumber, and Anne Ellen Foulkes (née Jones). He was born in Llandudno on 29 June 1894. In September 1897, Joseph was admitted to St. George’s National School; the school register records the family’s address as Prospect Terrace. He transferred to Lloyd Street School in 1900. The Census for Wales of 1901 records the family living at “Brickfield”, Conway Road, Llandudno. In January 1908, Joseph, transferred from Lloyd Street School to Dyffryn Road School. He left school the following June. In 1911, the family lived at 12 King’s Road, Llandudno: Joseph (junior) (16) described as a carter’s assistant. Joseph later became a carriage cleaner for the London and North Western Railway at Llandudno Junction. He was admitted into the National Union of Railwaymen in January 1914.

A memorandum dated 20 November 1914 certified that George Jarvis McKenzie (qv, born Liverpool) and Joseph Foulkes had been given permission by their employer, The London and North Western Railway, to enlist for active service. The following day, both joined the King’s (Liverpool Regiment) at Liverpool and were given consecutive regimental numbers: 23448 and 23449. On 1 December 1914, both were posted to the 14th (Service) Battalion. The 14th KLR had formed at Seaforth in October 1914 as part of K3, Kitchener’s third new army. The battalion disembarked at Boulogne on 5 September 1915 only to embark at Marseilles on 28 October 1915 for the Balkans. It disembarked at Salonika on 5 November 1915.

Joseph Foulkes was killed in action near Doiran on 24 June 1917 aged 22. He is buried at Doiran Military Cemetery. George McKenzie was killed in action two months later.

Known memorials:

  • Llandudno Roll of Honour
  • Llandudno War Memorial
  • Memorial Chapel, Holy Trinity Church, Llandudno
  • Llanrhos Parish War Memorial, All Saints’ Church, Deganwy
  • London and North Western Railway Roll of Honour

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