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Bournemouth Hampshire
See 'extra information' for variations of surname and first names. Albert was born about 1887, the son of James Cox (b. Leicestershire) and Eva Augusta Cox (b. abt 1864, Lincolnshire). His parents had at least three children; Edith Augusta (b. Northumberland), Albert James and Frank George (b. Bournemouth). In 1891 James (31), a steward of a Conservative Club, was living in Westbourne, West Cliff, Bournemouth, with his wife, Eva (27) and their three children, Edith (7), Albert (4) and Frank (3). By 1901 Eva Cox was living at 3 Wheeler Gate, Nottingham, and although described as married was the head of the household. Her occupation was given as 'palmist' working on her own account at home. All three children were living with her. Albert married Eliza Jane Anderson (b. East Hartlepool, Durham) at St Nicholas' church, Nottingham, in 1909 (Oct/Nov/Dec) and by 1911 they were living at 7 Mecklenberg Road, Mapperley, Nottingham. They were to have one child, Joan Mary, who was born on 3 October 1912. Albert and his family appear to have moved frequently and from addresses given in his service record and the death notice in the local paper subsequently lived at 132 Mansfield Road, 5 Alpha Terrace, 36 Peel Street, and 9 Malvern Road, Mapperley. The CWGC record gives his widow's address as 22 Portland Road, Nottingham. Eliza Algernon-Cox completed a form for the army in July 1920 listing her late husband's blood relatives. She and her daughter were living at 9 Malvern Road, Nottingham. Albert's father had presumably died ('none'), his mother, 'EA Algernon-Cox' was living at 132 Mansfield Road, Nottingham; his brother, 'Frank Algernon-Cox', was at 144 Woodborough Road, Nottingham; his married sister, Mrs Edith Fleming, was in Toronto, Canada.
In 1901 Albert was an assistant in a cycle shop. In 1911 he was a night porter and may already have been working at the Victoria Station Hotel. He was an All Saints parishioner.
27 Aug 1918
181258 - CWGC Website
He enlisted in Derby although he lived in Nottingham
Lance Corporal
13th Bn Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)
He attested on 17 October 1916 but did not go to France until 2 April 1918. He was appointed acting lance corporal in March 1917 and unpaid lance corporal on 13 April 1918. He was killed in action and is buried in Hersin Communal Cemetery Extension (grave ref. III. C. 8). He qualified for the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
SURNAME: The only records found to date in which his surname is given as 'Algernon-Cox' are the CWGC record and a form listing his surviving relatives which was completed by his widow in 1920. His surname on the 1911 Census and Nottingham Post notice was given as 'Algernon', but was 'Cox' on the 1891 and 1901 Census and service records. His daughter's birth was registered in the surname of 'Algernon' (1912). FIRST NAMES: 1891 Census: Albert James. 1901 Census: Albert Julius. 1911 Census: Albert James. Marriage Index: Albert James A. Army records: Albert James Algernon/A. Nottingham Post notice (abridged), 16 September 1918: 'Algernon. Killed in action August 27th 1918, Lance Corporal AJ Algernon, Royal Scots, late 5 Alpha Terrace, many years Victoria Station Hotel. Wife and little Joan.' His wife, Eliza Jane, was his legatee. The record on the Register of Soldiers' Effects indicates that there was one child. Eliza was awarded a pension of 20/5d for herself and her daughter with effect from 17 March 1919. Albert's personal property was returned to his widow at 36 Peel Street, in January 1919: photos, cards, knife, scissors, card case, diary, disc and handkerchief.
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