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Foley, Edward Bagehot (1891-1921)

Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.


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Details: Edward Bagehot Foley (1891-1921), born 16 March 1891 at Bridgwater, Somerset, son of RRobert Yarde Foley (1857-1927) (brick and tile manufacturer, Somerset Trading Company, Langport) and Sarah Septima Foley (née Barham) (1866-1942) of Bush House, Spaxton, Somerset, formerly of The Lions, Bridgwater, Somerset. Robert Yarde Foley was first married in 1881 to Emily Louisa Livingston Barker (1852-1885) with whom he had two children.



Hubert Yarde Foley (1883-1965).

Mabel Livingston Foley (1885-1955).

Walter Barham Foley (1889-1979).

Francis Yarde Foley (1891-1918),-/

Geoffrey Robert Foley (1894-1917), who attended Blundell's School

Henry Arthur Foley (1896-1911).

Hugh Valentine Foley (1904-1974).


Attended Sherborne Preparatory School.


Attended Sherborne School (School House) May-July 1905. Took part in the 1905 Sherborne Pageant


In April 1913, Edward Bagehot Foley emmigrated to Canada. He departed Bristol, England on 2 April 1913 on board the Royal Edward destined for Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, giving his intended occupation as 'farming'.


Served with the British Columbia Horse.


WW1, Private in the Canadian Infantry, 7th Bn., C Company. Served in France, wounded, and prisoner in Germany for two years.


In 1921 was living at Highlands, Dodington.

Died on 3 February 1921 at Duke's Plantation, Dodington, Somerset. Cause of death given on the death certificate: 'Died from self inflicted gun shot wound in the head, but whether the said E.B. Foley when he so killed himself was or was not of unsound mind, there is not sufficient evidence to show.'


Buried at Dodington church, Somerset.


Commemorated at Sherborne School: Book of Remembrance.


A report of the inquest appeared in the Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette on 12 February 1921: 'War Hero's Suicide. Son of a Somerset County Councillor. The Coroner for West Somerset (Mr Foster T. Barham) held an inquest at the Highlands, Dodington, near Bridgwater, relative to the death of Edward Bagelot [sic] Foley (29), fourth son of Mr R.Y. Foley, J.P., C.C., of Bush Spaxton, which occurred on Thursday last under tragic circumstances. The evidence showed that the deceased joined the forces in Canada immediately on the outbreak of war, and in 1915, while serving in France, was badly wounded and gassed. He was also taken a prisoner of war by the Germans, and while in captivity suffered great privations. He was interned in Switzerland until the end of the war, when he returned to England. Recently the deceased has been staying with his uncle and aunt at Dodington, and last July met with a serious bicycle accident, which involved an operation in London. He was depressed at times through not being able to undertake any definite working owing to the state of his health. On Thursday afternoon he was walking towards Duke's Plantation, near the house, and was subsequently missed. Nothing further was seen of him until the following afternoon, when a quarryman discovered his body lying in the plantation. There was a double-barrelled gun lying between his legs, with a forked stick pressed on the trigger. One barrel had been discharged, the shot having completely shattered the head. The Coroner returned a verdict that deceased committed suicide, but there was insufficient evidence to show the state of his mind at the time. Much sympathy is felt for Mr Foley, the father, who lost two sons in the war, viz., Captain F.Y. Foley, R.F.A., and Lieut. R.G. Foley, Somerset, L.I.'

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