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Edward Thomas COX

Regimental number2211
Place of birthIrrewillipe, Victoria
SchoolState School, Victoria
Other trainingNil
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressTomahawk Creek PO, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation39
Height5' 10"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Cox, Tomahawk Creek PO, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date4 March 1915
Place of enlistmentCobram, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 17 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death42.7
Age at death from cemetery records42
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 16), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
167
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Emma COX, Tomahawk Creek, Victoria. Native of Irrewillipe East
Family/military connectionsNephews: 4420 Pte William James JACKSON, 23rd Bn, killed in action, 20 March 1917; 1615 Corporal Edward Frederick JACKSON, 31st Bn, killed in action, 26 September 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 7th Bn, Gallipoli, 5 August 1915.

Posted missing, Lone Pine, 8 August 1915; admitted to No 3 Field Ambulance, Anzac, 8 August 1915 (gun shot wound, head); transferred to No 15 Stationary Hospital, Mudros, 9 August 1915; embarked for Malta, 16 August 1915 (condition serious); disembarked Malta and admitted to St. George's Hospital, 21 August 1915; to All Saint's Hospital, 4 September 1915; embarked Malta, 26 September 1915; to Overseas' Base, 30 September 1915; embarked Alexandria, 18 October 1915; rejoined 7th Bn, Anzac, 29 November 1915.

Admitted to No 3 Australian General Hospital, Lemnos, 19 December 1915; discharged and 7th Bn, Sarpi Camp, 26 December 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916.

Transferred to 59th Bn, 24 February 1916; taken on strength of 59th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 24 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19 July 1916.

Now, 4 August 1916, to be reported as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 820609, 2618 Pte J. FISHER, A Company, 59th Bn (patient, Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, England), 18 January 1917: 'I saw Cox, he was killed instantly by a shell. This was out in the open. He was in my Coy.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, COX Edward Thomas
Red Cross file 820609

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