Cox, Arthur

Arthur Cox, Private 290364, 16th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 22nd October 1917 in Belgium, aged 26

 

EARLY LIFE

Husband of Mrs. Edith Cox of 61 Park Green, Macclesfield.

 

WW1 SERVICE

Arthur joined the local 7th Cheshire Regiment as a Lance-Corporal with service number 2051, and served with them at Gallipoli. He was wounded on 22nd August 1915 and invalided back to England. After recuperation he was transferred as a Private to the 16th Cheshire Regiment with service number 290364. This is the reason that Arthur is described as a Lance-Corporal on Macclesfield war memorials and in the newspaper, but in official records was stated to have the rank of Private.

Arthur was reported missing in action in October 1917 and was later presumed to have been killed on or after 22 October 1917. His presumed death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 1 November 1918:

LCE-CPL ARTHUR COX, Ches Regt, who was reported missing on 22nd October 1917, has now been reported killed on that date, or died since. The sad news was received by his wife, who resides at 61 Park Green, on Saturday morning. Lance-Cpl Cox enlisted in the local Territorials and was drafted out to the Dardanelles, being wounded on August 22nd, 1915. He was invalided to England, and recovering from his wound was transferred to another battalion of the Cheshire Regt. He served on the East Coast for several months and was then drafted out to France. Lce-Cpl Cox was 28 years of age, was educated at St George’s Branch School, London Road, and attended St George’s School. Prior to enlistment he was employed at Mr T Abraham’s dyeworks.

 

COMMEMORATION

Private Arthur Cox has no known grave and is commemorated on panel ref. Addenda Panel on the Tyne Cot Memorial, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Arthur Cox, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

In Macclesfield, Private Arthur Cox is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall and St Michael’s Church war memorials and on St John’s Church roll of honour.

 

NOTES

 

SOURCES

WWI British Army Medal Rolls Index Cards (Ancestry)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website

Macclesfield Times: 1 November 1918, 23 September 1921 (photo supplement)


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