CORPORAL JOHN F. FOXHILL
born in 1910 to John F. and Annie Foxhill in Milford, Bucks County PA. He had two
older brothers, Frederick and Roy. By 1913 the family had moved to 813 North
66th Street in Philadelphia before moving to Camden. The Foxhills
home at 2953 Hartford Road, the corner
of Hartford and Argus Roads, in the Yorkship Square section of Camden,
better known today as Fairview,
on March 27, 1925.
John Foxhill graduated from the Yorkship
School on Collings Road.
They were living at that address at the time of the April 1930 United States Census. John F. Foxhill Sr. had originally worked as a butcher. He apparently was a proficient piano player, and found work playing piano in theaters showing silent movies. By 1930 the elder Foxhill was working as a mechanic for the National Theater Supply Company, and also ran the projection machines when a record had to put on for sound to the films.
Young John Foxhill was working as a motion picture projectionist in movie theaters in Camden, and also at the Jersey shore, serving as the projectionist at the Avalon Theater in Avalon NJ. He liked big cars and to drive fast. His niece remembers him commuting back and forth to the Jersey shore. He liked big cars and to drive fast.
"Uncle John was a fast driver, pedal to the metal! I heard that he got from Clementon to Stone Harbor in 55 minutes once. Now this is by the back roads that are very curvy and two lane! I remember riding in the rumble seat of his car."
brothers Roy and Fred also worked as projectionists in Camden,
Clementon, and at the shore. In November of 1936 John Foxhill was the projectionist at
the Broadway Theater in Camden,
later known as the Midway, on Broadway below
Street, where the
Transportation Center now stands. The Foxhill
family sold the house in Camden in May of 1937, and moved to a home at 43 White Horse
Avenue in Clementon NJ.
into the United States Army on February 12, 1943, John Foxhill was
assigned to an infantry unit, and completed combat infantry training. As he was large and not particularly fleet
of foot, his commanding officer later assigned him to train as a radio
operator. He was assigned to the permanent garrison at Camp Swift,
near Bastrop TX.
Corporal John Foxhill died
February 1, 1945 while serving at Camp Swift.
Still a fast driver, he was driving a jeep when
the jeep blew a tire, he was thrown forward against the steering wheel
and windshield, causing fatal injuries. His family was
notified by telegram on February 3, 1945, that his body would arrive by
train with a six man military escort on February 5. He was brought to Oliver
Bair's Funeral Parlor at 18th and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia
PA. Funeral service were held there on February 8, 1945.
The six soldiers who had brought him home from Texas (Wells, Hillier,
Weitz, Dougherty, O'Keefe, and Andrews) served as pallbearers. He was survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John F.
Foxhill, his brothers, and extended family.
John Foxhill rests at Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill PA, next to his father, who passed away in 1946, and his mother who joined them in 1958. He is remembered on the Clementon NJ War Memorial.
1990s, a friend spoke with John Foxhill's niece, Jane Foxhill Hamilton,
about her Uncle John:
CAMP SWIFT is bordered by U.S. highways 95 and 290 twenty-eight miles east of Austin and seven miles north of Bastrop in Bastrop County. It was built in 1942 on 55,906 acres and initially had 2,750 buildings designed to accommodate 44,000 troops. The camp was named after Eben Swift, a World War I commander and author. During World War II it reached a maximum strength of 90,000 troops and included, at different times, the 95th, 97th, and 102d Infantry divisions, the 10th Mountain Division, the 116th and 120th Tank Destroyer battalions, and the 5th Headquarters, Special Troops, of the Third Army. Swift was the largest army training and transshipment camp in Texas. It also housed 3,865 German prisoners of war. After the war much of the site was returned to former owners. The government retained 11,700 acres as a military reservation. That land housed parts of the Texas National Guard, a medium-security federal prison, and a University of Texas cancer research center. Environmental-impact studies and development plans for the mining of extensive lignite deposits under Camp Swift began in the 1970s. Opposition by environmentalists and former landowners resulted in decades of litigation.
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