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Fox, C.M., Pte., 1916

Menin Gate Memorial

On Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial is the name of 16599 Private Charles M. Fox, serving with the East Yorkshire Regiment, who died 05/03/1916.

Carole Fife has provided the following:
Charles's military record shows that he was born in Backworth and enlisted in Ashington. Charles Moore Fox was born in Backworth in 1887, the second son of Oswald J Fox and his wife Jane. Oswald, a miner, was from Wolverhampton and Jane from South Shields and the family moved quite frequently. In 1891 they were living at 7, Boathouse, Cambois, but in 1901 they were living at East Row, East Hartford, having moved there via Cowpen and Cramlington. In 1911 Charles, by now working as a hewer down the pit, was lodging at 7, Deanery Street, Bedlington.

Charles's attestation papers have survived and show that he enlisted on 3rd October 1914 aged 27 years 4 months, and he joined his regiment in Newcastle.

Following his death his personal effects were sent to his father Oswald at Walker Terrace, Bedlington. As Oswald died in 1918, Charles's death plaque and scroll were intended to be sent to his mother, but the authorities received a home made will written in September 1914 leaving all his possessions to Mrs Margaret Paxton of Laburnum Terrace, Ashington, so they were sent to Mrs Paxton instead.

He is remembered in Ashington on A17.01 (A17.27) and A17.43 and in Bedlington on B15.11 and B15.17

The CWGC entry for Private Fox

If you know more about this person, please send the details to janet@newmp.org.uk