|Date of Birth||September 16, 1896|
|Place of Birth||Kenora, Ontario|
|Next of Kin||Mrs J Fogg, mother, 301 Rutland St, St James, Manitoba|
|Trade / Calling||Teamster|
|Service Record||Link to Service Record|
|Force||Canadian Expeditionary Force|
|Branch||Canadian Field Artillery|
|Enlisted / Conscripted||Enlisted|
|Place of Enlistment||Winnipeg, Manitoba|
|Age at Enlistment||18|
|Theatre of Service||Europe|
|Prisoner of War||No|
|Date of Death||February 23, 1972|
|Age at Death||75|
|Buried At||Brookside Cemetery, Winnipeg, Manitoba|
According to his WW1 attestation papers, Frederick Joseph Fogg was born on 16 September 1896 in Kenora (called Rat Portage at the time), Ontario. A birth record was not found and when he enlisted in WW2 his year of birth was given as 1895. His parents were Samuel George Fogg and Eliza Jane Curless who had married on 5 January 1886 in Winnipeg. The couple gave birth to son Arthur later that year, moving to Rat Portage before the birth of their next child, daughter Beatrice, in 1888. Other children born in Rat Portage were Mary Margaret, Stanley Gordon, William, and lastly, Fred. The 1891 census for Rat Portage gave Samuel’s occupation as caretaker of a mining property. Sadly, Samuel died of typhoid fever in July of 1898 and is interred in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora. The local newspaper, the Rat Portage Miner and Rainy Lake Journal, reported that Samuel had been the yard master of the Canadian Pacific Railway in Rat Portage at one time as well as occupying other railroad positions for the company. He took great interest in minerals, owning one of the finest private collections in Ontario that was on exhibition at the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893. After the death of Samuel the family moved to Winnipeg where the boys were placed in a Boy’s Home for a short time, the girls whereabouts unknown, while Jane worked as a domestic until she could get the family back together. By the 1906 census the family, all living in Winnipeg, was reunited.
Fred signed his attestation papers in Winnipeg with the 19th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery on 8 December 1914. His occupation was given as teamster and his mother in St James in Winnipeg as next of kin. His brother Stanley enlisted later that month. Details of Fred’s service are unknown as his WW1 record is not available, although according to his WW2 service record he served with the Canadian Field Artillery until discharged in April of 1919, sustaining a shotgun wound above his elbow in 1916, and evacuated to England in 1918 suffering from nephritis that down the road caused him multiple admissions to Deer Lodge Hospital in Winnipeg in later life and earning him a 20% disability pension.
After the war Fred returned to Winnipeg, found living with his sister Mary Margaret Whitaker and her family and working as a mechanic for the 1921 census. On 31 October 1922, in Winnipeg, Fred married Agnes Mailey. Born in Belfast, Ireland in 1899, Agnes had immigrated to Canada with her parents John and Sarah Mailey and siblings as a child.
Fred was to spend his working life employed as a telephone company clerk in Winnipeg. He and Agnes gave birth to eight children: Gordon, Russell, Shirley, Margaret, Ronald, Jacqueline, and twins Marlyne and Mavis. They also adopted Fred’s brother William’s son after William’s death. With the advent of WW2, Fred enlisted with the 37th Company Veterans Guard of Canada on 23 October 1942 having previously been found medically unfit for active service, category E. He served in Winnipeg and for a short time in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan before being transferred to Interment Camp #133 in Lethbridge, Alberta in August of 1943. However, as his three oldest children enlisted, Gordon with the Signal Corps, Russell with the Merchant Marine, and Shirley with the RCAF, Agnes was left at home to care for the younger children with no help. Fred applied for and was granted a discharge on compassionate grounds, services no longer required, in September of 1944. Fred was a member of the Imperial Veteran’s Association.
Fred died on 23 February 1972 in St Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg. He was predeceased by his mother Jane in 1935 and his siblings Arthur, Beatrice, Stanley, and William. At the time of his death he was survived by his wife Agnes, sons Gordon and Russell of Winnipeg, Ronald of Prince Albert and daughters Shirley (Ralph) Hardy, Jacqueline (Ken) Kincaid, Mavis (Bill) Cavell, Marlyne (Jim) Robinson, all of Winnipeg, and Margaret (Norm) Johnson of Calgary. He was also survived by twenty-four grandchildren, four grandchildren, and his sister Margaret Whitaker. Fred’s wife Agnes died on 4 October 1984 in Seven Oaks Hospital in Winnipeg and is interred with Fred in the Military Field of Honour section of Brookside Cemetery in Winnipeg.
by Judy Stockham
Photograph of Stanley and Fred courtesy of elizbonn’s public Fogg Family Tree Extended on ancestry.ca
Grave marker photographs courtesy of Roslein on findagrave.com