Historical information

James Leonard Foley’s family lived at ‘Warringal’, 3 Foley Street, Kew. Like many other soldiers from Kew, he was educated at the Kew State School. He enlisted at the age of 19 in March 1915. His previous occupation is recorded as 'Blacksmith'. James sent a postcard to his mother in 1915 saying that he was ‘quite well’. He was to be killed in action on the Western Front on 24 August 1916 and is buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery.


Poignant card from a Kew soldier in World War 1 who was later to die on the Western Front.

Physical description

Single page Field Service Postcard and Envelope from James Leonard Foley to Mrs Eliza Foley of 3 Foley Street in Kew. Private J.L. Foley (1600) served during World War one with the 24th Battalion. He died on the Western Front. His parents were Edward and Eliza Foley of 3 Foley Street, Kew.

Inscriptions & markings

Mrs E Foley, 3 Foley Street, Kew, Vic
[Signed] JL Foley 8/9/15