[Skip to content]



  • 57234 Private Ernest Cox died of wounds at 88th Field Ambulance. His grave was lost and he is now commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Both his potential grave and the Memorial have been visited my myself - crosses and wreaths laid. Photograph Steve Morse
Person Details
Pinchbeck Lincolnshire
Ernest was the son of William and Fanny Cox (nee Leeson). His father William was born in Manea, Cambridgeshire, in 1858, the son of Edward and Mary Ann Cox; he was baptised in Manea parish church the same year. Fanny Leeson was born in Cowbit, Lincolnshire, on 9 September 1858 (O/N/D Spalding) the daughter of John Leeson. William (20) and Fanny (18), both of Cowbit, were married in the parish church on 4 April 1877 (A/M/J Spalding) and had 16 children of whom 12 survived infancy/childhood. Fifteen children have been traced on the birth registrations including the deaths of three in childhood: Eliza b. Pinchbeck 1879, Betsy b. Wykeham 22 April 1881 bap. Cowbit 22 May 1882; Ethel b. 18 April 1883 bap. Cowbit 7 March 1884 d. 1884 (J/F/M Spalding); George b. Cowbit 14 December 1884 (1885 J/F/M Spalding) bap. Cowbit 11 January 1885; William b. 2 November 1886 bap. Cowbit 12 December 1886 d. 1887 (A/M/J Sleaford); Herbert b. Pinchbeck 25 May 1888 bap. Pinchbeck 17 June 1888; Ada b. Pinchbeck 5 March 1899 bap. Pinchbeck 30 March 1890; twins Ernest and Percy b. Pinchbeck 1891, Bertie b. Pinchbeck 1893; Fanny May b. Pinchbeck 1896; twins Florrie b. Pinchbeck 1898 d. 1901 and Cecil b. 1898, Gladys b. Pinchbeck 1900 and Sidney b. Pinchbeck 1902. In 1881 William, an agricultural labourer, and Fanny were living at Wykehsam House, Spalding with their daughter Eliza (2) together with a boarder and a lodger. They had moved to Green Lane, Pinchbeck, Spalding by 1891; William's occupation was given as farmer. In the home on the night of the census were Eliza, Betsy (9), George (6), Herbert (2) and Ada (1). They had had another daughter Ethel b. 1883 who died in 1884 and a son William b. 1886 who died in 1887. The family was still living in Pinchbeck in 1901 but on Cuckoo Lane. William was now working as a general labourer. Of their children only Betsy, Herbert, Ada, Percy and Ernest (9), Bertie (7) Fanny (4), Cecil and Florrie (2) and Gladys were in the home on the night of the census. Florrie died later that year (J/A/S) and their son Sidney was born in 1902. By 1911 William, a farm labourer, and Fanny were living on Small Drove Lane, West Pinchbeck and only four of their surviving children were in the home on the night of the census: Fanny, Cecil, Gladys and Sidney (8). Ernest and his twin Percy were boarders at 164 Coventry Road, Bulwell, Nottingham, in 1911 in the household of Stephen Allen, a grocer, and his wife Elizabeth. Ernest was a grocery warehouseman and carter and Percy a grocer's assistant. Three of their siblings were also living in Bulwell: Bertie at 50 Milton Street where he was a joiner's apprentice living in the household of Fred White, a joiner on his own account, and his wife, and George, a grocer, who was living at 98 Broomhill Road with his wife Rose, son Sydney George (1) and his sister Betsy, a grocer's assistant. Ernest married Ada Allen Richards (b. 2 June 1892) in 1913 (O/N/D Nottingham) and had one child, Cyril b. 2 July 1916. They lived in Bulwell. Ada married Harry Townsend in 1920 (J/F/M Nottingham) and they lived at 25 Morris Road, Balby, Doncaster. William and Fanny were still living on Small Drove Lane when their son Bertie was killed in action in June 1915. William completed a form for the army in May 1919 giving the names of his son Bertie's surviving blood relatives: Parents: William and Fanny of Small Grove Lane. Pinchbeck West. Brothers: George (35) 95 Broomhill Road, Bulwell, Herbert (31) Gate House; Great (-) Fen; Percy (28) Bulwell; Cecil (21) Transit Camp Portsmouth; Sidney (16) West Pinchbeck Sisters: Eliza Cox (40) 4 Cathill Road, Beckenham; Betsy (38) Main Street, Bulwell; Ada Cox (29) 26 Church Hill, Leamington; Fanny Cox (23) Booth Gate, Pinchbeck; Gladys (19) West Pinchbeck William may have died in 1937. When the 1939 England & Wales Register was compiled his widow Fanny was living on Merthgate, Pinchbeck, with her unmarried daughters Betsy (d. 1951), a fish fryer, and Ada (d. 1979) whose occupation was given as unpaid domestic help. Fanny died in 1941 (J/F/M Spalding).
In 1911 Ernest Cox was boarding in Bulwell Nottingham and working as a grocer's warehousemen and carter.
20 Jul 1917
25
1608217 - CWGC Website
57234
Bulwell, enlisted Hucknall
Private
9th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
9th Bn Sherwood Foresters. Ernest was in a working party at Marengo ammunition dump near Essex Farm, Ypres (Ieper) when enemy shells hit. He and a number of others were wounded. Ernest was taken to the nearby 88th Field Ambulance where a sub-section of 33rd Brigade Field Ambulance was based, but he died of his wounds on 20 July 1917. It is known that he was buried but the grave was later lost and he is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Essex Farm cemetery has a number of 9th battalion men from this period and one is for an 'Unknown Notts and Derby' man. It is probable that the 'Unknown' is actually Ernest but this is impossible to prove 100%. Research Steve Morse
His brother, Bertie Cox, served in the 1/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (2421 Private) and was killed on 15 June 1915 at Kemmel, Belgium and was buried in Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, Belgium. He is commemorated on the Pinchbeck War Memorial. (See record on this Roll of Honour)
Remembered on

Photos

  • 57234 Private Ernest Cox died of wounds at 88th Field Ambulance. His grave was lost and he is now commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Both his potential grave and the Memorial have been visited my myself - crosses and wreaths laid. Photograph Steve Morse
    Ernest Cox name on memorial - 57234 Private Ernest Cox died of wounds at 88th Field Ambulance. His grave was lost and he is now commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Both his potential grave and the Memorial have been visited my myself - crosses and wreaths laid. Photograph Steve Morse