COX Bertie

  • First Name(s):
    Bertie 
  • Surname:
    COX
  • Service Number:
    SS3172
  • Rank:

    Able Seaman

  • Conflict:
    WW1
  • Service:
    Navy
  • Naval Service:
    Royal Navy
  • Ship:
    HMS Tipperary
  • Former Units:
    None
  • Date of Death:
    1st June 1916
  • Age At Death:
    26
  • Place of Death:
    Battle of Jutland, North Sea
  • Place of Burial:
    Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire, England, Panel 12.
  • Place of Birth:
    Unknown
  • Home Town:
    Unknown
  • Casualty's Relatives:

    Son of James and Emma Cox, of 26 Melbourne Road, Sidemore, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

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Further Information About COX Bertie

The following information has been researched by Sandra Taylor:
Bertie Cox was born on the 17th April 1890 in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, the son of James and Emma Cox. In 1891 the family consisting of James, Emma and their 7 children, Frederick aged 18, Walter aged 14, Emma aged 11, Mary A., aged 8, May aged 6, Leonard aged 4 and Bertie aged 1, lived at Sidemoor, Bromsgrove. James was employed as a nail maker. The family had moved Melbourne Road, Bromsgrove 1901 and 11 year old Bertie had 2 younger sisters, Sarah aged 9 and Laura aged 7. On 26th September 1907, Bertie enrolled in Stourbridge Road School Evening Class. No further information is given other than his employment in a boot factory and his residence as Melbourne Road. By 1911 Bertie was an ordinary seaman in the Royal Navy, recorded under Royal Navy at Sea and in Ports Abroad, Ships and Overseas Establishments.

Bertie enlisted as an Ordinary Seaman in the Royal Navy on 28th October 1909 for a period of 5 years. At the time of his enlistment he was employed as a gardeners assistant, was 5 feet 4 inches tall with dark brown hair, grey eyes and a sallow complexion. Commencing his naval career on HMS Victory I on 28th October 1909, Bertie served on a number of ships, rising to the rank of Able Seaman in 1911. At the end of 5 years he re-enlisted for a further 7 years and joined HMS Tipperary on 2nd June 1915. Bertie was killed in action during the battle of Jutland on 1st June 1916. His next of kin to be notified were his brother Leonard, Elm Cottages, Rock Hill, Bromsgrove and his sister, Mrs E. Gowe, 51 Muriel Road, Leicester.

HMS Tipperary was launched on 5th March 1915. At approximately 02.00 hours on 1st June 1916 the ship sunk after being hit by fire from the German Dreadnought SMS Westfalen during the Battle of Jutland. Of her crew of 197 only 12 survived.

Bertie Cox has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

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Credits: Researched by Chris and Angela Lucas.