Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Date of BirthFebruary 16, 1894
Place of BirthHastings, Sussex
Marital StatusSingle
Trade / CallingEngineer's Steward
Service Details
Regimental NumberJ1189
Service Recordsee images below
ForceRoyal British Navy
BranchSoldier Biographies
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Date of EnlistmentFebruary 23, 1911
Age at Enlistment17
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathMarch 11, 1971
Age at Death77
Buried AtLake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario

Foord, Arthur James

Arthur James Foord was born on 16 February 1894 in Hastings, Sussex, England.  His parents were William and Alice Matilda Foord.  Siblings included Winnifred Daisy (b. 1892), William Albert (b. 1897), George Alfred (b. 1902), Alice Ivy (b. 1901) and Eleanor.

Arthur attended school in Hastings until the age of 14 when he joined the merchant marine. After working as a mariner for three years he joined the British Royal Navy on 23 February 1911 with the rank of Boy 2. By the time World War 1 started Arthur held the rank of Able Bodied Seaman.  He was a sight setter on the destroyer ‘Lance’ whose crew claims to have fired the first naval shots of WW1 on 05 August 1914, sinking a mine layer in the North Sea.  On 17 January 1917 Arthur became a Leading Seaman, the rank he held until his discharge from the navy on 04 May 1920.

In 1919 Arthur married Florence Cruttenden in Hastings, Sussex, England.  His parents and siblings had immigrated to Canada so Arthur and Florence followed them sailing aboard the Megantic on 15 May 1920.  They made their way to Binscarth, Manitoba where on the 1921 Canadian Census Arthur’s occupation is listed as ‘hired farmer’.  He then gained employment with the Canadian Pacific Railway and transferred to the Kenora district in 1923.  When he first arrived in Kenora he worked on the coal docks for the railroad. In 1926 Arthur began his employment with the paper mill in Kenora on the finishing floor.  He then moved over to the old boiler house and then got the job of skip hoist operator in the steam plant – a position he held until his retirement on 31 December 1959. Arthur was a member of the Kenora branch of the Legion and Knox United Church.

Florence and Arthur had one son, Lance, who served with the Royal Canadian Navy.

Arthur James Foord died on 11 March 1971 in Kenora and is buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery. At the time of his death he was survived by his wife, Florence of Kenora; his son, Lance, of Peterborough, Ontario; his siblings – George of Winnipeg, Winnifred Flynn of Birtle MB, Eleanor Riddell of Palm Springs, and Alice Bullard of Kitchener ON.


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