Folwell, Edward Joseph

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Edward Joseph Folwell
8 August 1909 – 18 February 2000
Ted Folwell photo at NWT and Y Monument 1995.jpg
Nickname Ted
Place of birth Essex, UK
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch Canadian Army
Years of service 1930 - 1957
Rank Captain
Captain Edward Joseph Folwell (8 August 1909 - 18 February 2000) was a Canadian soldier who served in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals before, during and after the Second World War.

Early Life

Edward Joseph Folwell was born to parents Edward William and Ada Maria Folwell in Ilford Essex in the United Kingdom. He had four older sisters, Florence May, Lily Rosepa(?), Grace Helen and Ivy Maude. He emigrated to Canada in March 1927, arriving in Halifax aboard S.S. Carmania. His immigration record indicates he was a clerk in the UK but was going to take up farming in Guelph Ontario.[1]


Folwell attested for a three year period of service with the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals at Niagara Camp on 1 July 1930 and was assigned Regimental Number 39932.[2] He had one year's previous service with 3rd Machine Gun Battalion where he received his First Class certificate in Visual Telegraphy. He was posted to the Corps Depot at Camp Borden Ontario.

In 1932 he was transferred to Radio Station Ottawa in June prior to being sent to Radio Station Fort Simpson, N.W.T., part of the Northwest Territories and Yukon Radio System where, in 1933 he re-engaged for a further three years service. In June 1935, staying within the system, he transferred to Radio Station Tuktoyaktuk N.W.T. for the summer before being proceeding to the station in Edmonton Alberta in September. In 1936 he again re-enrolled for three more years of service. He was promoted Corporal in August 1937 and Acting Sergeant in March 1938. He was transferred to Radio Station Fort McMurray, N.W.T. in May 1938. In July 1939 he once again re-engaged for three more years of service and was transferred to the Canadian Signal Training Centre (C.S.T.C.) in Kingston Ontario where he was confirmed in the rank of Sergeant.

On 1 September 1939, at the outbreak of the Second World War, Sergeant Folwell attested for service with the Canadian Active Service Force. He remained at C.S.T.C. and was made and acting Staff Sergeant in March 1940 and confirmed in his rank in September. In November of that year he was made Acting Company Sergeant Major (W.O. II) and confirmed in March 1941. Never holding a rank for long, in September 1941 he was made an Acting Quarter Master Sergeant and later confirmed in rank in December.

In January 1942 he proceeded to Brockville Ontario to undergo Officer Training. Having successfully completed his training and being so recommended, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant on 11 April 1942. He returned to the C.S.T.C. where he was promoted Lieutenant in July 1942.

In July 1943 he was attached to N.D.H.Q. Section, R.C. Sigs at Ottawa Ontario. On 31 March 1944 he was promoted Acting Captain. He returned to C.S.T.C. in February 1945 were he took up instructional duties.

Accepted for continued service after the war, he joined the Canadian Army Active Force at the rank of Captain on 1 October 1946. 1 January 1947 he proceeded to the United Kingdom on course at 3 Intelligence School Harrongate, Yorks. In February he joined Canadian Military Headquarters and, for a time, also worked at the War Office, London. He attended training at the School of Signals at Catterick in April/May 1947 before returning for service at the War Office.

In June 1947 Captain Folwell returned to Canada and once again joined the C.S.T.C. in Kingston. In September 1949 he was transferred to No. 13 Section A&T Staff in Edmonton Alberta. In January 1951 he was transferred to 1 Army Signal Squadron in Ottawa. In February 1953 he was transferred to Western Command Signal Regiment and attached to 119 AA Battery RCA in Esquimalt British Columbia. In 1955, he was transferred back to the West Coast Signal Regiment element based in Victoria.

He transferred to 11 Personnel Depot in July 1956 and officially retired on 22 January 1957.

Personal Life

Having retired in Victoria, BC, Ted Folwell died on 18 February 2000.

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  1. Library and Archives Canada; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Series: RG 76-C; Roll: T-14809
  2. Corps Part II Orders, 9 July 1930.