20877 (later 203585) Private Henry Foy.

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2/4th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment.

Awarded the Military Medal in the London Gazette of 18 July 1917.

Foy was a native of Longton, Lancashire, but at the time of his enlistment he was living in Nelson, Lancashire.

Served France from the 10 December 1915. Wounded on the Somme in November of 1916. On recovering from his wounds he re-enlisted and returned to France in March 1917.

The Nelson Leader of 19 July 1918 reported, NELSON HERO'S MEDAL PRESENTED. At Nelson, on Saturday, the Mayor (Councillor C. Townsley), presented to Mrs. Foy, 38, Belgrave Street, Nelson, the Military Medal, won by her son, Private Henry Foy, of the East Lancashire Regiment. He was the first soldier in his battalion to win the Military Medal. General Haig who congratulated him on his gallantry presented the ribbon for his award to him. The medal was awarded for "gallantry in June 1917, when he brought in wounded men, and carried messages under heavy shell fire, a duty he performed without harm to himself".

"Soldiers Died in the Great War" shows:- Killed in action on the 4 October 1917. Born at Longton, Lancashire, enlisted at Nelson, Lancashire.

See also Preston Guardian of 21/7/1917.