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  • Commemorated on Pinchbeck War Memorial. Photograph Richard Humphrey for War Memorials Trust (www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/250921)
Person Details
Pinchbeck Lincolnshire
Bertie 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). Bertie was a boarder at 50 Milton Street, Bulwell, in 1911 where he was a joiner's apprentice in the household of Fred White, a joiner on his own account, and his wife, Mary Jane. Four of his siblings were also living in Bulwell. Ernest and his twin Percy were boarders at 164 Coventry Road, Bulwell, Nottingham, 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. George, a grocer, was living at 98 Broomhill Road with his wife Rose, son Sydney George (1) and his sister Betsy, a grocer's assistant. His brother Ernest, who also died in the war, 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. (See 'Extra Information' and also record on this Roll of Honour) William and Fanny were still living on Small Drove Lane when Bertie was killed in action in June 1915. William completed a form for the army in May 1919 giving the names of 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 Cox (38) Main Street, Bulwell; Ada Cox (29) 26 Church Hill, Leamington; Fanny Cox (23) Booth Gate, Pinchbeck; Gladys Cox (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).
He was joiner's apprentice in 1911 but working as a baker when he attested in 1914
15 Jun 1915
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154905 - CWGC Website
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Laneham, near Retford, Nottinghamshire. Enlisted Retford
Private
1/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
He attested at Retford on 11 September 1914 on a Territorial Force 4 year engagement but transferred to embodied service the same day. He was posted to the 1/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment). He served at home from 11 September 1914 to 1 March 1915 and then France from 2 March 1915. The 1/8th battalion was in the area of Kemmel in 1915 and early in June 'took over more of the J and K trenches, with the reserve company at Siege Farm and Battalion Headquarters at Rossignol Farm.' ('History of the 1/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters 1914-1919', Capt. WCC Weetman) On 15 June 1915 the enemy, whose trenches were within 60-70 yards of the battalion's front line, exploded three mines, one of which blew up a portion of J3 Right trench, killing at least two men. Some enemy soldiers got into the mine crater but were repelled by 'C' Company. The battalion's casualties that day included two officers, a corporal and eight men killed. Bertie was buried in Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, Belgium (grave ref. D.67). He qualified for the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Bertie's brother, Ernest, served in the 9th Bn Sherwood Foresters (57234 Private) and died of wounds on 20 July 1917. He is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. (See record on this Roll of Honour) Bertie is commemorated on the Pinchbeck War Memorial, Rose Lane, Church Street, Pinchbeck (Bertie Cox). There is also a memorial in the parish church of St Mary which has the names of those who died and those who served and returned. 1/8th Bn casualties, 15 June 1915: Lieutenant AFO Dobson (grave ref. D.64), Lieutenant WH Hollins (D.70), Corporal F Wilcox (D.71), Privates AE Armitage (D.65), B Cox (D.67), FW Hill (D.66), P May (D.72), RW Moakes (D.69) and W Richardson (D.68) buried Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery and Privates OL Bryan and A Cook commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Mansfield Reporter, 25 June 1915: ‘The 8th Sherwoods Badly Damaged. This interesting letter has been received by Mrs Wilson, wife of Ald. JL Wilson, from her son who is at the front. In the letter, which refers to the death of Lance Corporal Charlie Wilson, he adds that he attended Charlie’s burial ‘in a special ground we have in a village, just behind our lines’ [Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery] Just as we were waiting for the chaplain (about 9.15pm) there came from the trenches a terrific report, followed by two others almost instantly. At the same time the sky was lighted up by [a] tremendous flash, followed by a continuous roar of rifle fire and artillery. Of course, we knew immediately that it was a mine blown up, and that it must have been a German one, too. I cannot describe to you what it was like, but for at least an hour the roar was simply deafening.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk
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  • Commemorated on Pinchbeck War Memorial. Photograph Richard Humphrey for War Memorials Trust (www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/250921)
    Bertie Cox - Commemorated on Pinchbeck War Memorial. Photograph Richard Humphrey for War Memorials Trust (www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/250921)