Frank Benbow Fox (1890-1965) was born in 1890 at Valley Station, Nova Scotia, the son of David Fox and Adeline Ferguson. He graduated from Colchester Academy in 1910, and entered Pine Hill Presbyterian College in Halifax three years later. When the First World War broke out in 1914, he wanted to serve his country, but had a very strong aversion to carrying arms. He therefore enlisted with the Canadian Army Medical Corps in January 1915, and went to France the next month. After serving sometime in the Canadian Hospital in Le Tréport he became a stretcher-bearer on the front lines for the 4th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps. After the war, Fox took further theological training in Edinburgh, Scotland, and was licensed to preach by the Presbytery of Halifax. He was ordained by the Presbytery of Saint John in 1920, and subsequently taught at a number of schools in Manitoba until 1945. During the Second World War he was active in YMCA work. At the close of the War he accepted a position in the Library of Parliament and worked there until his retirement in 1958. Fox died in 1965 and was buried in the family cemetery at Valley Station.
Service Record Details
Date of Birth: January 4, 1890
Date of Attestation: January 12, 1915
Age at Enlistment: 25 years
Height: 5 feet, 7 inches
Weight: 132 pounds
Description: Fair complexion, Blue eyes, light-brown hair. Presbyterian. Birth mark – left upper arm outer aspect.
Home Address: Valley [Station], Colchester County, Nova Scotia
Next of Kin: Father, David Fox, living at Valley [Station], Colchester County, Nova Scotia
Branch of Service: Canadian Army Medical Corps
Theatre of War: Canada, England, France
Casualties / Medical History
- November 14, 1916 – Fox is admitted to the Canadian General Hospital in Le Tréport, France, with an eye infection. (Page 4)
- February 6, 1917– He is hospitalized for a knee problem. The problem is later listed as synovitis (an inflammation in the joint). (Pages 4 and 20)
- June 29, 1918 – He is evacuated because he is sick, but returns to duty two days later. (Page 7)
- July 1919 – Upon leaving service he has a medical examination that reveals a new injury: "deformity of end of ring finger. R. Hand due to crushing". (Page 20)
- June 27-30, 1918 – He has "P.U.O.", which stands for pyrexia of unknown origin (a fever of an undetermined cause). (Page 33)
Interesting Details from the Service Record
- 19 January 1917 – He is granted a Good Conduct Badge. (Page 4)
- August 18, 1919 – He is struck off strength during general demobilization, and intends to live at RR#3 Truro, Nova Scotia. His father moved to this address during the war. (Page 10)
- February 17, 1959 – A document generated after the war indicates that he was awarded the 1914-15 Star, a British war medal. (Page 23)
The London Gazette
Military Medals Honours and Awards
1901 Census of Canada
At age 11, Frank lives with his family in Colchester, Nova Scotia. His father David (45) is a Nova Scotian of Irish descent, and a Presbyterian. His mother Adeline (44) is also of Irish descent, although she was born in New Brunswick and is Episcopalian. His father works as a blacksmith. Frank is the youngest of six children. His siblings are: Charles E. (18), George M. (17), Edith (16), James B. (14), and John B. (12).
1911 Census of Canada
At age 21, Frank is living in New Brunswick with his brother Charles E. Fox and Charles's wife, Elizabeth B. Fox. Frank is working as a schoolteacher. Annie Bannister, listed as Charles's sister-in-law, also lives in the home.