HAYCOX Edward Charles
Regiment : 26th Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery
Service number : 56882
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 26th October 1917 aged 25
Buried : The Huts Cemetery, Belgium, Grave XII. C. 9.
Relatives : Son of Thomas and Charlotte Haycox, 41 Abberley Village, Worcester; husband of Ellen Haycox, 3 Bliss Gate Villas, Rock, Worcestershire.
Memorial : Abberley St Mary's Church
Also appears on : Kidderminster War Memorial surname spelt Haycox. Kidderminster Borough Police WW1 Memorial surname spelt Haycock.
Credits : Researched and transcribed by Jo Roche.
Edward was the third child of Thomas and Charlotte Haycox. He was baptised at St Mary’s Church, Abberley on 17th September 1893 and attended the local village school. His name appears in the school log book on 2nd December 1903 when he was among twelve boys who were away ‘beating game’ for F.W. Jones Esq. of Abberley Hall, on 11th May 1904 when he was punished for disobedience and again on 13th May 1904 when his mother complained to the head teacher about the punishment he had received. In 1906 Edward was awarded a certificate for good attendance and upon leaving school in 1907 he went to work as a bricklayer’s labourer. On 30th September 1912 he joined the Kidderminster Constabulary as a Police Constable, height given as six feet and one and a quarter inches tall with blue eyes and light brown hair.
Edward voluntarily enlisted in the army on 16th July 1915 and was assigned to the Royal Garrison Artillery. After training he embarked at Folkestone for Boulogne on 9th March 1916. A few weeks after his arrival in France he was admitted to hospital with scabies. Just over a week after his discharge from hospital he received a serious wound to his left arm and after treatment at the hospital in Rouen he returned to England on the hospital ship HMHS St Andrew. He was taken to the 1st Northern General Hospital, Newcastle on Tyne and then moved to a military hospital where he remained until 8th August. After discharge Edward received re-training at the Siege Artillery School, Aldershot during which time he returned home to marry Ellen Childs at Rock Church on 21st April 1917. He was posted back to France on 4th October and was killed in action almost two weeks later during the Battle of Passchendaele. His last letter home was dated 20th October 1917.
Ellen gave birth to their daughter, Mildred Ellen, on 12th January 1918.
The following information has been researched by Sandra Taylor:
The Kidderminster Shuttle, 25th September 1915, Edward Haycox was one of 6 policemen mentioned with photograph:
Our Policemen Soldiers
Edward Charles Haycox, aged twenty-three; height, 6ft. 1in. Police service, two and three-quarter years. Native of Abberley, Worcestershire.
All enlisted in the Royal Garrison Artillery on July 15th last, and are now stationed in the South of England. Hall, Palmer, Allen, Haycox and Large are attached to the 49th Battery (Siege), R.F.A., and Moody is now attached to the 56th Battery (Siege), R.G.A. All are single men.