Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1914, Second Lieutenant Arthur Nelson Coxe, 105th Battery, the Royal Field Artillery, died from wounds received in action on the Western Front.
The son of a judge of the High Court in Calcutta, he was educated at School House and was head boy as well as colour-sergeant in the Officers’ Training Corps. He went on to the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich in December of 1912, and received his commission at the outbreak of the Great War. Second Lieutenant Coxe went to France with one of the first divisions, and was Mentioned in Despatches.
The major commanding the 105th Battery wrote to Second Lieutenant Coxe’s parents after his death: “It will no doubt be a great satisfaction to you to know that he had made good and that he joins the illustrious dead of the Royal Regiment of Artillery with full honours”. He is buried in the Railway Chateau Cemetery at Vlamertinghe, Ypres.
Arthur, born in Bengal, was 19 years old.