COX Joseph James
Regiment : 12th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment. Formerly 11646, Royal Engineers.
Service number : 36549
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action aged 21 on 3rd May 1917
Buried : Commemorated on Arras Memorial, France, Bay 4 and 5.
Birthplace : Stourton, Stourbridge, enlisted Worcester
Relatives : Son of Joseph and Eliza Alice Cox, of West View, Rushwick, Worcester
Memorial : Crown East St Thomas's Church Cox Memorial
Also appears on : Crown East School. Worcester Guildhall. Worcester St John in Bedwardine Church.
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for army casualties located in Worcester Cathedral.
The inscription on the memorial reads:
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ONLY CHILD OF JOSPEH AND ALICE COX,
OF CROWN EAST WORCESTER.
[12TH EAST YORKS REGIMENT]
WHO GAVE HIS LIFE FOR HIS KING AND COUNTRY
FIGHTING IN FRANCE ON MAY 3RD 1917,
AGED 21 YEARS
Farm House, Crown East, Bromyard Road
Joseph Cox, head, aged 43, Farm Bailiff, born Stourton
Alice Cox, wife, aged 38, born Kinver
Joseph J. Cox, son, aged 5, born Stourton
Joseph Cox enlisted in the Royal Engineers on 30th March 1915 and he was posted immediately to the Army Reserve. He was called up for service in 1916, embarking from the UK on 11th December 1916. On 13th December 1916 Joseph was posted to the East Yorkshire Regiment and joined his battalion on 16th January 1917. He was initially reported as ‘missing’ on 3rd May 1917.
Joseph Cox is remembered on his parents grave in the Churchyard at St Thomas, Crown East with the inscription:
ALSO OF THEIR BELOVED ONLY SON
DIED ON ACTIVE SERVICE MAY 3RD 1917
A photograph of Private J.J. Cox of Crown East can be found in Berrow’s Worcester Journal Supplement, Saturday 23rd February 1918, available at Worcestershire Archives.
Joseph Cox has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Arras Memorial.