Marshall Tregellis (Trig) FOX

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FOX, Marshall Tregellis

Service Number: 1462
Enlisted: 19 February 1915, Blackboy Hill, Western Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 11th Infantry Battalion
Born: Cue, Western Australia, February 1896
Home Town: Narrogin, Narrogin, Western Australia
Schooling: Perth Modern School
Occupation: Student
Died: Killed In Action, Gallipoli, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 1 August 1915
Cemetery: Shell Green Cemetery
Plot II, Row G, Grave No. 27, Shell Green Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Scotch College WW1 Honour Roll, Subiaco Fallen Soldiers Memorial, Subiaco Perth Modern School Honour Board, Subiaco Perth Modern School War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

19 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1462, Blackboy Hill, Western Australia
22 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1462, 11th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1462, 11th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Itonus, Fremantle
7 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1462, 11th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
1 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1462, 11th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Paul Trevor

'To the right is a studio portrait of 1462 Private (Pte) Marshall Trigellis Fox, 11th Battalion of Subacio, WA (on the left) and 1504 Pte (later Lance Corporal) John Shaw Anderson, 11th Battalion of Fremantle, WA (right). Pte Fox and Pte Anderson were friends and prefects of the Perth Modern School before they enlisted in January 1915. Fox had qualified for admission to university, and Anderson had qualified to study as an accountant. Although they enlisted seperately and were in separate reinforcement groups, the pair met up and left Australia for Egypt on the same troop transport in February 1915.

According to the Perth Modern School newspaper 'The Sphinx', Fox's departure was premature, owing to the serious illness of one of the other men: "His departure was so sudden that he was unable to come up to the school to say good-bye. 'I don't want you to think that I am one of those fellows', he wrote to the Head Master, 'who get all they can from the school and then let it pass away completely out of their mind". Arriving on Gallipoli in May 1915, both Fox and Anderson were killed during the 11th Battalion's attack on Tasmania Post on 1 August 1915. According to the school newspaper "It was later still that we heard that the two friends had died together, the one succouring the other as he fell".

Later correspondence received by the school from a member of the 11th Battalion which read: "I feel particularly sorry for two boys who had just left the Modern School who I am sure, had great careers before them...They died side by side, the second one while looking at the first one's wounds. All who know say the same as I do, that they feel sorrier over their loss than anybody else's". Both Anderson and Fox were aged 19.' from Australian War Memorial Photograph Collection (www.awm.gov.au)

'KILLED IN ACTION.

FOX - On August 1, killed in action, at the Dardanelles, Private M. T. (Trig) Fox, of B. Company, 11th Battalion, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Fox, Heytesbury Road, Subiaco.' from The West Australian 2 Sep 1915 (nla.gov.au)

'Personal.

Much sympathy has been locally expressed for Mr. Marshall Fox (late District Surveyor at Narrogin), whose son M. T. Fox, was recently killed at the Dardanelles.' from Wickepin Argus 9 Sep 1915 (nla.gov.au)

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