The Most Excellent Order of British Empire is a chivalry order established in 1917 by King George V. It rewards outstanding contributions to all aspects of public service - arts and sciences, charitable sector, etc. Five classes of appointment are available, divided in civil or military: Knight Grand Cross (GBE), Knight or Dame Commander (KBE or DBE), Commander (CBE), Officer (OBE), Member (MBE). An individual may be appointed to a higher class, in which case the citation and insignia previously received must be returned. British citizens receiving the decoration in one of the first two grades were conferred knighthood. Only 281 Canadians have received the CBE.
Charles Foulkes was "granted the dignity of an Additional Commander of the Military Division" on the 31st of December 1943, shortly before taking command of the 2nd Infantry Division of the First Canadian Army during the Normandy campaign in the Second World War. Charles Foulkes' CBE appointment can be found in Supplement to London Gazette, 1 January 1944.
DATE: 1 January 1944
DONATED BY: GENERAL Charles Foulkes
OBJECT ID: RCRM1960.003.0051