||Robert Tuck Foulds
|Last Known Address
||Gilley Law, Sunderland.
||Married with children
|Unit of Service
||Army. Royal Artillery.
|Number and Rank
||935933. Gunner/Mech AFV. (Armoured Field Vehicle).
|Date & Place of Death
||13 September 1973. Sunderland
|Ward 33, Section LS, Grave No 173. Bishopwearmouth Cemetery, Sunderland.
Details of any Medals, conflict, training or operations which the deceased had participated in during service.
Robert served in North Africa, Sicily, Germany and Italy. He was hospitalised in Italy where he had major surgery to his stomach, the problem is likely to have been because of bad rations. He was certified as not being fit enough to continue in the Army, he was medically discharged in 1946. He never really recovered from the problem and had numerous operations on his stomach. After discharge Bob moved to the St Albans area looking for work and this is where he met and married his wife Gwen, they returned to the northeast in late 1946/7.
Robert was awarded the Medals below:
1939 - 1945 War Medal. 1939 - 1945 Star. France / German Star.
The Italy Star. North Africa Star with 8th Army Clasp.
Upon the completion of his service the following was recorded on his discharge papers.
"According to records he has given every satisfaction during his colour services, being honest, steady, and reliable.
He has been trained as a Driver/Motor Mechanic and should be suitable for employment in a capacity corresponding to his Army employment".
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Bob was born in Seaham Harbour on 4th July 1919. Prior to joining the Army Bob worked at the local coal mine. After the war he lived in Sunderland and worked from 1947 to 1952 as a Caretaker for the Sunderland and South Shields Water Company in John Street, Sunderland, this employment provided accommodation, when he gained new employment in 1952 he moved to Thorney Close. He then had a position with Sunderland Borough Council in the Entertainments Department. He drove and maintained the Miniature Railway at Seaburn between 1952 and 1973. Bob, as he was known was heavily involved with The Fellowship of the Services No 17 Mess. Pictures below reflect his work with other Veterans.
Below is Robert's Birth entry in the Central Register
He is 7th from the top in the right hand column.
Bob's Service Book.
Bob sometime between 1939 to 1945.
Bob is wearing the shoulder insignia of the 8th Army.
Bob with the Crew. Bob is on the Far Right.
Below is a picture of the Minature Railway at Seaburn in 1964.
The driver is Bob on the Royal Scot Engine.
Below is The Fellowship of the Services No17 Mess 50th anniversary in 1987.
Bob was a past Chairman of the mess.
Below Bob's Medical Card.
Below is Bob's Record of Service.
This shows service from 23/10/1940 to 10/4/1946.
Below is the Central Register recording Roberts Death on 13th September 1973.
Robert is in the left hand column 4th from the bottom.
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