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Harry Holman COX

Regimental number624
Place of birthAldinga South Australia
SchoolState School, Beulah, Victoria
AddressPhillips Street, Beulah, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Cox, Phillips Street, Beulah, Victoria
Enlistment date18 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 2 October 1917

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 30706 (28 May 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 165 (24 October 1918).
Recommendation date: 8 March 1918

FateKilled in Action 29 September 1918
Place of death or woundingBapaume, Somme Sector, France
Age at death32
Age at death from cemetery records33
Place of burialBellicourt British Cemetery (Plot II, Row E, Grave No. 1), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Elizabeth COX, 29 Watt Street, Box Hill, Victoria. Native of Beulah, Victoria

Military Medal

'West of YPRES at POLYGON WOOD on the morning of 31st September a heavy barrage was put over our position by the enemy. During the barrage several men of Sergeant Cox's platoon were wounded or killed. The platoon occupied a very scattered position in artillery formation of sections; with utter disregard for his own personal safety and displaying the greatest coolness and courage, Sergeant Cox moved about under the barrage from one position to another helping the wounded and easing their positions where possible until they could be sent away. His courage set a fine example to the whole of his platoon. This N.C.O. has already been recommended for the Meritorious Service Medal in the New Year Honors List.'

Family/military connectionsBrother: 5991 Pte Fred Bradley COX, 39th Bn, killed in action, 4 October 1917.
Other details

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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