Kenora Great War Project

 

Personal Details
Date of BirthAugust 13, 1890
Place of BirthKenora, Ontario
CountryCanada
Marital StatusMarried
Next of KinMrs Maud G Fogg, wife, 849 Burrows Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Trade / CallingCarpenter
ReligionRoman Catholic
Service Details
Regimental Number86910
Service Record Link to Service Record
Battalion2nd Division Trench Mortar Battery
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Field Artillery
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Place of EnlistmentWinnipeg, Manitoba
Age at Enlistment24
Theatre of ServiceEurope
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathJune 22, 1970
Age at Death80
Buried AtSt James Cemetery, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Fogg, Stanley Gordon

Maud and Stanley

According to his attestation papers Stanley Gordon Fogg was born on 13 August 1890 in Kenora (named Rat Portage at the time), Ontario. A birth record was not found and his grave marker gives the year of birth as 1891. 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, William, and Frederick Joseph. 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.

On 19 January 1911, in Winnipeg, Stanley married Maud Kennett. Born in 1893 in Winnipeg, Maud was the daughter of William and Elizabeth (née Chipperfield) Kennett. Stanley and Maud’s first child, son Calum was born the next year but sadly died in infancy. With occupation given as carpenter and his wife Maud as next of kin, Stanley signed his attestation papers in Winnipeg with the 19th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery on 29 December 1914. His brother Fred had enlisted earlier that month.

After training in Canada, Stanley arrived in England on 29 June 1915. On 1 October he was transferred to the 8th Howitzer Brigade at Shorncliffe, name changed to 6th Howitzer Brigade later that month. In mid January of 1916 Stanley embarked for France, attached to the 2nd Canadian Division Trench Mortar Battery in the field. In May he was posted to the 2nd Divisional Ammunition Company, promoted to Sergeant. In November Stanley was granted a leave, returning in mid December. In June of 1917 he was Mentioned in Despatches. That October Stanley returned to the Trench Mortar Battery, sustaining a shell wound to the foot and admitted to the No 6 Casualty Clearing Station on the 5th, three days after his return. He was transferred to the No 7 General Hospital in Etaples, then discharged on the 10th. In December Stanley was once again wounded (slight) at duty. In January of 1918 he attended a Gas Course and granted a fourteen day leave in March. In June Stanley was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. ‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This NCO has on many occasions voluntarily undertaken difficult and complicated tasks in the forward area, which with a high and determined sense of duty he has never failed to bring to a successful conclusion. His coolness and resource under fire have been a very fine example to the men under him, and he has rendered the greatest assistance and valuable service to his Officers.’ On 8 November 1918 Stanley sustained his third wounding, a gunshot or shrapnel wound to his ankle. He was admitted to the No 18 General Hospital Dannes Camiers and then discharged to the Base Depot in Etaples on the 24th. Stanley was transferred to England on 22nd December and posted to the Canadian Artillery Regimental Depot. With the end of the war, he embarked for Canada aboard the HMT Aquitania on 18 January 1919 and was discharged from service in Winnipeg on February 28th.

After the war Stanley and Maud continued to make Winnipeg their home where he was employed with the Manitoba Telephone Company. The couple gave birth to four more children, Stanley (1922-1966), Melville (1924-2006), Raymond (1928-2010), and Joy. Stanley retired from the MTC in 1948.

Stanley died on 22 June 1970 in Deer Lodge Hospital in Winnipeg. He was predeceased by his mother in 1935, his siblings Arthur, Beatrice, and William, and his son Stanley in 1962. At the time of his death he was survived by his wife Maud, sons Melville and Raymond and daughter Joy Kapusta, all of Winnipeg. He was also survived by his sister Margaret Whitaker, brother Fred, ten grandchildren and one great grandchild. Stanley’s wife Maud died on 12 January 1980 in the Conquist Nursing Home and is interred with him in the St James Cemetery in Winnipeg.

by Judy Stockham

note: Stanley’s obituary mistakenly lists his daughter Joy Kapusta as his sister

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Photographs of Stanley courtesy of elizabonn’s public Fogg Family Tree Extended on ancestry.ca
Grave marker photo courtesy of Patricia Green on canadagenweb.org


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