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From the St. John's Daily News
Tue. Nov. 10, 1925
BRITISH WAR HERO DIES FROM WOUNDS
CHARLES J. FORAN, 52
SERVED IN BOER AND WORLD CONFLICTS
(Akron Beacon Journal)
Charles J. FORAN, 52, a veteran of the World War and the Boer War and
one time member of Lord Kitchener's bodyguard, died Tuesday night from
wounds received at the battle of Ypres. He had been in failing health
for the past year, receiving treatment at Cleveland and Cincinnati hospitals.
FORAN came to Akron with his friend the late Aaron W. BURNETT, and was
employed by the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company until the outbreak
of the World war when he went to Canada and enlisted. He was an expert
horseman, having served with the Canadians cavalry in the campaign against the
He has been awarded several medals for distinguished service.
Requiem high mass and burial will take place Friday morning at Massillion.
His brother, A. E. FORAN, of New York, was at the bedside when death
He also leaves two sisters Miss Margaret B. FORAN of St. John's,
Newfoundland, his birthplace, and Mrs. Charlton B. DOUGLAS, wife of
a captain in the British navy.
TRULY A HERO
(Akron times Press)
Until the fact was made known in a death notice nobody in Akron realized
what a true hero we had living and working among us. Charles
G. FORAN kept his cheerful smile and stuck to his daily task of selling without letting
the people with whom he came in contact know that he was suffering
from wounds received in the world war and without boasting about how these
honorable wounds were received.
Death revealed that this man, whose smile was well known on Main Street,
was the possessor of five medals awarded for valor in four campaigns as
a member of Canada's famed fighting force. One of them has been presented
in person by King George of England 25 years ago. Had these facts been
known, Charles G. FORAN might have capitalized his heroism and advance in business,
but he chose to keep the memory of these honors sacred to himself and to succeed
in business through his individual efforts, an example which many of us
might do well to emulate.
HERE WAS A TRUE HERO
(November 11th, 1918-1925)
Memories are bringing me over the years
To the land of the long ago.
And I'm back again in the old schoolhouse
With the Pals that I used to know,
There are the blackboard on the wall;
There is the teacher, too
But, dearer by far than all the rest'
Old comrade of mine, were you. Little we knew or cared about war
Except what the history told;
But we learned with a thrill of joy and pried, -
"What the Motherland has-she'll hold!"
One day the news came down the street,
to hear it we stopped our play:
"The foemen have entered Belgium's gates
And England is in the fray!" Overseas went our bravest and best,
In defence of Freedom and Right,
And brought with their life-blood the lasting peace
That blesses our home to-night.
You were among them, comrade mine,
The troops who came marching by,
Stalwart and khak-clad, down the street,
waving a last good-bye. You were too young for a soldier lad
So they gave you a drum to play,
And they say you, marched with your regiment
Into the thick of the fray
then again to the base you went
And joined the stretcher band,
Who brought back the wounded, all night long,
From the place call "No Man's Land." They say you were bringing a comrade in,
when a shell bust close by your side,
And then, far away from the hearts you loved,
Old pal of my school days, you died.
A white cross marks your resting place,
And high up in the sky
The birds, with carols of Faith and Hope,
Go singing happily by. How very few of the lads we know
Come back at the close of day
For the god of Battle summoned them home
To a land not far away.
The things that they died for perish not -
Liberty, Honor and Right!
And the banner of Freedom is floating o'er
A country of peace to-night.
The world is remembering the deeds they have done,
GLADYS M RUSSELL
Military Records Contact: Daniel B. Breen
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