Charles COX , 18781919 (aged 41 years)

Name
Charles /COX/
Given names
Charles
Surname
COX
Military

He was appointed to the 3rd reinforcement of the 19th Battalion and given the Regiment No. 1913A.

On the 29 Sep 1915 he was transferred to "D" Company of the 18th Battalion and it appears that he either was sent to Gallipoli or was considered for posting there at this time.

However, he embarked from Australia on 13 Oct 1915. There is an entry stating that he disembarked at Alexandria on 9 Jan 1916 per a ship, the name of which is indicipherable. On 18 Mar 1916 he joined the British Expeditionary Force in Alexandria.

On 10 November, 1916 he was admitted to hospital in France diagnosed as "being sick in the field". On 13 Nov 1916 he was admitted to the 12th General Hospital suffering from Oedema of the feet [trench foot]. He was sent to England on 15 Nov 1916 departing from Le Havre on the Hospital Ship "Formosa".

He was posted as a private to the 63rd Battalion on 1 May 1917. From there he was posted to Overseas Training Brigade on 11 Aug 1917. On 1 Oct 1917 he was transferred as a private to Signals. He was promoted to Sapper and was posted to the Training Brigade at Perham Downs on the same date.

On the 27 Dec 1917 he went AWL at Bedford and returned on 4 Jan 1918. For this offence he forfeited 9 days pay.

On 3 Mar 1918 he proceeded to France from Folkstone on board "Clifton". On 28 Mar 1918 he was transferred as a Sapper to the Australian Corps Signalling Company.

He returned to Australia from London per "Sardinia" on 19 Apr 1919 arriving in Australia on 13 Jun 1919.

He was discharged on 18 Aug 1919 as a Sapper attached to the Australian Corps Signalling Company.

Military

On the 29 Sep 1915 he was transferred to "D" Company of the 18th Battalion and it appears that he either was sent to Gallipoli or was considered for posting there at this time.

Note

Upon returning from France in 1919 he did not rejoin his family. Ethel's granddaughter has mentioned to Jan Gregory when she was researching her book, that her grandfather served in WWI but didn't return. A nephew has told how there was always an aura of mystery concerning the fate of Charles Cox. A grandson said he always thought of Walter Whitehouse, Ethel's later partner, as his grandfather and didn't know until much later that he wasn't.