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James Harold Fox known as Harold was born in 1896 at Lincoln and was the son of John Lyndon Fox an iron moulder and Sarah Ann Fox née Hodson 34 Charles Street, Newark. His father John Lyndon was born in 1861 at Newark and his mother Sarah Ann Hodson was born in 1862 also at Newark, they were married in 1882 at Newark and had the following children, John Henry b1882 Newark, Frances Elizabeth b1885 Newark, Ann Eliza b887 Newark, Alice b1889 Newark, Walter b1894 Newark, James Harold b1896 Lincoln, Ada b1899 Lincoln, Lottie b1901 Lincoln and Frank b1902 Newark. In the 1911 census the family are living at 34 Charles Street, Newark and are shown as John Lyndon Fox 50 yrs an iron moulder, he is living with his wife Sarah Ann 49 yrs and their children Walter 17 yrs an agricultural fitter, Harold 15 yrs a butchers errand boy, Ada 12 yrs as scholar, Lottie 10 yrs a scholar and Frank 9 yrs a scholar.
In 1911 he was a butchers errand boy and was a tailors pressor upon enlistment
26 Jun 1917
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562285 - CWGC Website
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Private
1/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Private James Harold Fox enlisted at Newark, he served with the 1/8th battalion Sherwood Foresters Regiment. He was killed in action on 26th June 1917 and is buried at Loos British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
Private W. Seaton wrote a letter to his parents following their son's death :- " I expect by this time you have received some intimation of the death ( they had not) It happened on the night of the 27th whilst he was on a working party a shell burst, wounding four and killed Harold and another lad from Newark, I believe by the name of Willingham. He died as he lived, a true and Noble Christian soldier, one who did his duty always, in the face of great danger who was never ashamed of his colours. The soldier who died with Harold was drummer Somerville Read Willingham 19 yrs of the Sherwood Foresters Above extract is from Newark in the Great War by Trevor Frecknall His brother Walter Fox enlisted on 1st September 1914 at Newark, he was 21yrs of age and a railway shunter, he served with the 8th battalion York and Lancaster Regiment. He served in France from 27th August 1915 returning home on 18th February 1916. He was discharged from the Army on 7th November 1917 as being no longer fit for active service. He survived the war. Article published 18th July 1917 in the Newark Advertiser :- Third son of S.A. & J.L. Fox, 34 Charles Street, Newark. Born at Lincoln, but he and his family have been in Newark 16 years and his mother is a native of the town. Went to Barnby Road school and afterwards on the railway. For the greater part of his time after leaving school, was employed by Messrs. W. Mumby & Son Ltd., wholesale clothiers, as a tailor’s presser, before enlisting over two years ago. He was in Ireland, though not at the time of the rebellion. Nevertheless, saw some fighting and had a bullet through his cap. Attended Parliament Street Primitive Methodist church and was a member of the Sunday School, as well as of the Bible Class. On the night of the 27th June, was out on a working party when a shell burst wounding four and killed him and Drummer Willingham (also of Newark).
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