Henry William Cox

Service:                Army

Rank:                    Lance Corporal

Service No:           27878

Unit:                     6th BN. Dorsetshire Regiment

Henry was born Kingswood, Bristol in 1889.  He was the 1st child of Henry & Martha Cox. A 2 year old schoolboy in 1891 he was living with his family in lodgings at Two Mile Hill Road his father a coalminer from Warmley.   By the time of the 1911 census we find him living with two of his sisters at 43 Queen Street St George Street, the census records his occupation as Boot & Shoe Finisher. In 1911 Henry married Eliza Jancone Summerell a boot machinist from Rodney Road, St George, daughter Olive was born in 1914 & her sister Lilian in 1915.

The 6th (Service) Battalion was formed at Dorchester on 6 September 1914 as part of K2. Moved to Wareham and initially attached as Army Troops to 17th (Northern) Division. In  March 1915 it was transferred to 50th Brigade in same Division. Moved to Romsey in May 1915 & landed at Boulogne on 14 July 1915.

Lance Corporal Henry William Cox was killed in action in or near Auchonvillers ( nicknamed “Ocean Villas” by our fighting force) on 8th June 1918. He is remembered with Honour in the Hawthorn Ridge Cemetery No 1 where he was laid to rest (Grave reference B57).

 Note: Grave B57 is the 4th in counting from front centre of this picture

Image by kind permission of CWGC

Henry was awarded the The  British War Medal & Victory Medal.

 

References

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

1901 & 1911 UK household census

Free BMD

Wikipedia.