William Cox

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 12269
  • Rank: Private
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry
  • Unit/Ship: 2nd Battalion
  • Place of Death: France
  • Age at Death: 23
  • Date of Death: 17.05.1915
  • Burial Country: France
  • Cemetery: Le Touret Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 37 to 38

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth: 17.10.1892
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address: 47 Carnegie Street, Dundee
  • Occupation: Coal Miner
  • Mother:

    Ann Cox, 73 Curve St, East Dedham, Boston Mass, USA

  • Father:

    James Cox, 73 Curve St, East Dedham, Boston, Mass, USA

  • Siblings:

    Thomas & Mary

  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about William Cox

William has no known grave but is remembered on the Le Touret Memorial. He was the brother of Pte Thomas Cox 2065, 2nd Battalion Black Watch, who was killed in action 09.05.1915.

DUNDEE WOMAN’S SAD LOT.

TWO SON’S REPORTED MISSING.

Mrs Cox, 47 Carnegie Street, Dundee, is faced with the grim possibility of having lost two of her sons.

Towards the end of May she received official intimation that her eldest son, Private Thomas Cox, of the 2d Black Watch, had been reported missing, and was believed to have been killed on 9th May, and yesterday information was sent her from the Record Office that Private W. Cox, H.L.I., had been wounded in action, and was missing on 17th May.  Thomas, who was 25 years of age, was five years in the Black Watch, and had served about four years in India.  William whose photograph is reproduced, is 22 years of age, and enlisted in the Royal Scots 13 months ago, but had since been transferred to the H.L.I.  He had been in the fighting line for almost nine months.  Previous to joining the colours he was employed in Hillbank Works.

Dundee Courier 7th July 1915

 

William Cox   12269 Highland Light Infantry

DUNDEE WOMAN’S SAD LOT.

TWO SON’S REPORTED MISSING.

Mrs Cox, 47 Carnegie Street, Dundee, is faced with the grim possibility of having lost two of her sons.

Towards the end of May she received official intimation that her eldest son, Private Thomas Cox, of the 2d Black Watch, had been reported missing, and was believed to have been killed on 9th May, and yesterday information was sent her from the Record Office that Private W. Cox, H.L.I., had been wounded in action, and was missing on 17th May.  Thomas, who was 25 years of age, was five years in the Black Watch, and had served about four years in India.  William whose photograph is reproduced, is 22 years of age, and enlisted in the Royal Scots 13 months ago, but had since been transferred to the H.L.I.  He had been in the fighting line for almost nine months.  Previous to joining the colours he was employed in Hillbank Works.

Dundee Courier 7th July 1915

 

COX – Private William, 12269,2d Highland Light Infantry, C Company, 2nd Division, reported wounded and missing since 17th May.  His mother is anxious for news.  Mrs Cox 47 Carnegie Street, Dundee.

Dundee Courier 10th August 1915

Information supplied by Mary Margaret Gow & Gary Thomson, additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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