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Charles Foulkes (Canadian)


Charles Foulkes (Canadian)

For other people of the same name, see Charles Foulkes (disambiguation).

Charles Foulkes
General Charles Foulkes
Born (1903-01-03)3 January 1903
Stockton-on-Tees, England
Died 12 September 1969(1969-09-12) (aged 66)
Ottawa, Canada
Allegiance  British Empire
Service/branch Canadian Army
Years of service 1926 - 1960
Rank General
Unit The Royal Canadian Regiment
Commands held Chief of the General Staff
Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff
I Canadian Corps
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Companion of the Order of Canada
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Commander of the Legion of Honour
Distinguished Service Order
Canadian Forces Decoration

Charles Foulkes, CC CB CBE DSO CD (3 January 1903 – 12 September 1969) was a British-Canadian soldier, and an officer of The Royal Canadian Regiment.

Military career

Foulkes was born in Stockton-on-Tees, England and joined the Canadian Army in 1926.[1] In 1937 he attended the Staff College in Camberley, England.[1]

In 1939, Foulkes was serving as a major with the 3rd Brigade of the 1st Canadian Infantry Division.[1] He went on to be a General Staff Officer with 3rd Canadian Infantry Division.[1] After serving as a Brigade Commander from August 1942, he was appointed General Officer Commanding 2nd Canadian Infantry Division in January 1944 and led the division through the Normandy Campaign.[1] In November 1944 he was made General Officer Commanding I Canadian Corps in Italy.[1]

On 5 May 1945, Foulkes summoned German General Blaskowitz to the Hotel de Wereld ("Hotel the World") in Wageningen to discuss the surrender of German forces in the Netherlands. His Royal Highness Prince Bernhard, acting as commander in chief of the Dutch Interior Forces, attended the meeting as well. Blaskowitz agreed with all of the proposals made by Foulkes. However, nowhere in the building - some sources claim: nowhere in the whole town - could a typewriter be found. Thus the surrender document could not be typed. The next day both parties returned, and in the presence of both General Foulkes and Prince Bernhard, Blaskowitz signed the surrender document which in the mean time had been typed.[2]

After the war, Foulkes was appointed Chief of the General Staff and, in 1951, the first Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff.[1] He retired in 1960.[1] 

In 1968 he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada. He died in Ottawa in 1969.

His medals and other personal artifacts are on display at the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum in London, Ontario.


External links

  • Order of Canada Citation
  • The Canadian Encyclopedia
Military offices
Preceded by
John Carl Murchie
Chief of the General Staff
21 August 1945 – 1 February 1951
Succeeded by
Guy Granville Simonds

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