Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Rifleman John (Jack) Benjamin Cox, 12th Battalion, the King’s Royal Rifle Corps, was killed in action on the Western Front.
One of a family of nine children, he began work just after his fifteenth birthday as a clerk at the Sutton Goods Yard of the London, Brighton & South Coast railway. A month after the outbreak of the Great War Rifleman Cox enlisted at Kingston upon Thames, giving his age as nineteen when he was in fact only sixteen at the time. His battalion arrived in France in July of 1915, going into the line near Bethune.
Rifleman Cox lies buried in the Rue-du-Bacquerot No. 1 Military Cemetery at Laventie in France. On his headstone are the words: “In loving memory of our dear Jack who died for his country’s sake”. He is remembered on the war memorials at Carshalton, Sutton and St. Mary’s Church in Cuddiongton.
Jack, from Cuddington in Surrey, was 17 years old.