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Wednesday 17 October 2012

War Grave Wednesday - C. E. Cox

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them".

Charles Edward Cox was born in 1892 in Ireland to Charles Edwards Cox a retried Army Lance Sergeant and postmaster and his wife Elizabeth Stacey.

In 1901 Charles Edward is residing at Oxford Wood Barracks with his mother and father.  However I have been unable to trace him on the 1911 Census.

In 1915 in Maidenhead Berkshire Charles Edward Cox married Elsie Elizabeth May Groves, before moving into her family's home at 27 Grenfell Place Maidenhead.

Charles served with the Royal Engineers as a Sapper, a  soldier who performs a variety of military engineering duties such as bridge-building, laying or clearing minefields, demolitions, field defenses and general construction.

On 29th February 1920 Charles died of pneumonia at his home, aged just 28 years old.

Charles's father also enlisted to fight for his country in 1914 at the age of 49.  He was discharged as not being fit for any military action due to Rheumatism in his wrists, elbows, back and hips.


  1. Sad when they go through all that only to die from a disease they contracted in the war.

    1. It is very sad. To have lived through all that death, only to die yourself.

  2. a sad anniversary date his family would not have every year, though the memory of him would live on.

    1. I didn't notice the significance of the day until now. Must be like being in a sort of limbo only having the anniversary of his death every four years.

  3. I agree with Bill -- how disheartening to go through so much, only to die from pneumonia.

    I like the design on this stone --- very nice photo!

    1. Thank you. I agree with both you and Bill.

      Britiah Commonwealth War Graves all follow the same design of gravestone. Only the company's badge would be different.

  4. It is strangely comforting, seeing how your stones are just like the thousands we have in the Commonwealth War Cemeteries we have in Israel. The uniformity makes a common bond among the dead soldiers and those who miss them.
    I just posted about a ceremony we will have in the Beersheba cemetery commemorating the 95th anniversary of the Light Horse charge.


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