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  • Brass memorial plaque commemorating Frank Herbert Fox and his brother Fred Donald Fox in St John the Baptist Church, Beeston. (WMA 27233) 
Photo courtesy of Peter Gillings
Person Details
17 Mar 1898
Beeston
Frank Herbert Fox was born on 17th March 1898 in Beeston the son of Frederick Isaac and Kate Fox (née Earp) of 21, Park Valley, Nottingham. His father was the Deputy City Treasurer, Nottingham Corporation. Frederick Isaac was born in 1864 at Nottingham his mother Kate Earp was born in 1863 also at Nottingham. They were married in 1895 and had another son Frederick Donald born in1897. In 1911, they lived at Cavendish Place, Beeston with a 22 year old servant Lilly Wilbraham. In 1911, they lived at Cavendish Place, Beeston. 2nd Lieut Frederick Donald Fox, Sherwood Foresters, was killed in action on 5 November 1916, aged 20, and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
He was a Sunday School teacher at the church of St John the Baptist. Member of University College Nottingham OTC. .
23 Aug 1918
20
295081 - CWGC Website
Second Lieutenant
1st Bn Bedfordshire Regiment
Second Lieutenant Frank Herbert Fox joined the Officer Training Corps in April 1916. He was gazetted the following August as a Second Lieutenant with 7th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment then transferred to the 1st Battalion and joined the Battalion in Italy in December. He returned to France and was killed in action on 23rd August 1918 at Achiet-Le-Grand. He is buried in Achiet-le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension.
Personal inscription on CWGC headstone: 'And a glorious fragrance clings around our memories of him' Nottingham Corporation minutes of council meeting 2 September 1918: 'Motion of sympathy to ... also with Mr FI Fox, Deputy City Treasurer, on the death of his second son killed in action.' Notice published 30th August 1918 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- FOX. – Killed in action August 23rd [1918], Second-Lieut. Frank Herbert Fox, Bedfordshire Regt., aged 20 years, younger and only surviving son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred J. Fox, Cavendish-place, Beeston.” Above notice is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918. (WMA 27233) A faculty dated 15 August 1917 gave permission for the memorial to FD Fox to be installed in St John's church; permission was given for a memorial brass to his younger son following a written request by FJ Fox dated 12 November 1918 : 'To the dear memory of Frederick Donald Fox, Second Lieutenant 17th Sherwood Foresters, killed in action on the Somme near Theipval, on the 5th November 1916. Aged 20 years. To the dear memory of Frank Herbert Fox, Second Lieutenant Bedfordshire Regt, killed in action at Achiet-le-Petit and buried in the cemetery there 23rd August 1918. Aged 20 years. 'They were the delight of our eyes and a glorious fragrance clings around our memories of them. The Lord giveth and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.' He and his brother, Frederick Donald, are also commemorated on a memorial in St John the Baptist church to four Sunday School teachers who died in the war (WMA27236).
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  • Brass memorial plaque commemorating Frank Herbert Fox and his brother Fred Donald Fox in St John the Baptist Church, Beeston. (WMA 27233) 
Photo courtesy of Peter Gillings
    Frank Herbert Fox - Brass memorial plaque commemorating Frank Herbert Fox and his brother Fred Donald Fox in St John the Baptist Church, Beeston. (WMA 27233) Photo courtesy of Peter Gillings
  • Buried in Achiet-le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension.
    Frank Hebert Fox - Buried in Achiet-le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension.