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DATE OF AM ACTION: 02/01/1916 Cambrin, France.
Little is known of Richard Foley other than his military career. He enlisted with the Royal Field Artillery as a Driver, and was posted to France on May 11th 1915. Following the award of the Albert Medal, which he received from King George V at Buckingham Palace on 12th September 1917, he was also awarded the Military Medal (London Gazette, 18th July 1917). He later lost his medals and was issued official replacements. They are now held by the Royal Artillery Museum.
On 2nd January, 1916, during a heavy bombardment, Webb and Foley, acting entirely on their own initiative-, left a place where they were safe and ran out to bring two wounded French civilians into a dug-out. They got both men into a cellar. During this operation heavy shells were falling all around them, and a motor-cyclist, who was assisting to bring in the second man, was killed.
BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: ROYAL ARTILLERY MUSEUM.