Frederick Leonard COX


COX, Frederick Leonard

Service Number: 823
Enlisted: 19 March 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 28th Infantry Battalion
Born: Eaglehawk, Vic., 1896
Home Town: Kalgoorlie, Kalgoorlie/Boulder, Western Australia
Schooling: Central School Kalgoorlie
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in action, Pozieres, Somme Sector, France, 29 July 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

19 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Driver, SN 823, 28th Infantry Battalion
29 Jun 1915: Involvement Driver, SN 823, 28th Infantry Battalion, Pozières
29 Jun 1915: Embarked Driver, SN 823, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Fremantle
29 Jul 1916: Involvement Private, SN 823, 28th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Frederick and Mabel COX of 8 Varden Street, Kalgoorlie, WA

Prior to enlistment Frederick was employed at the Government Savings Bank, Kalgoorlie

Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Cox. of Varden street, Kalgoorlie, received an official communication from the defence authorities at Perth yesterday to the effect that their only son, Frederick Leonard Cox, had been missing since July 29 last. He was at the time with his battalion on the western front. This news will be received, with regret by many friends of the young soldier in Kalgoorlie, where he had passed his boyhood days. He was extremely popular with those whith whom he was brought into contact. His 21st birthday was to have been celebrated during the presest month. He was a pupil of the North Kalgoorlie State school for a number of years, and he then passed through the upper standard at the Kalgoorlie Central school. Later he joined the literary staff of the 'Kalgoorlie Miner' in the capacity of sub editor's assistant. He left that, position in order to join the clerical staff at the Kalgoorlie branch of the State Savings Bank. When the war broke out he was one of the first volunteers for active service with the Australian Imperial Expeditionary Force, but the medical officer would not accept him on account of a slight physical defect. When the Goldfields Infantry went down to do garrison duty at the coast at the latter end of 1914, Private Cox was numbered in the ranks, and he afterwards was employed on guard duty at Rottnest, Island internment camp. When relieved of that work he proceeded to Perth, and was passed as fit for active service. He enlisted in Perth in January, 1915 and joined the 28th Battalion, with the fortunes of which he was connected both in Egypt and on the Gallipoli Peninsula. After the evacuation he returned to Egypt and afterwards went with, the Australian forces to France, where up till July 29 last he was continuously on service.