|MUSIC HALL COMEDIAN (ENGLAND)|
BORN 1866, Manchester, Greater Manchester - DIED 7 Aug 1917|
GRAVE LOCATION London: Brompton Cemetery, Old Brompton Road, West Brompton (1)
Tom Foy, known as The Lancashire Lad, was the son of Irish parents. He trained as a sign painter, but he joined a traveling circus as a clown and a scenery artist. He moved on to work in music halls as a comedian who sang and danced. His sketch "Tom Foy and his Donkey" was well known,
In 1907 he was billed as "The Famous Little Comedian" at the Grand Theatre of Varieties in Hanley. He was very succesful with his part as Idle Jack in "Dick Whittington" at the Shakespeare theatre in Liverpool in 1909.
In 1917 he collapsed on the stage at Argyle, Birkinhead and he died soon afterwards, aged only 38. He was buried in Brompton Cemetery in London.