William Henry Fox

Name

William Henry Fox
1894

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

18/09/1916
21 years.

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
5814
Bedfordshire Regiment
5th Battalion
"G" Company

Awards

1914 (Mons) Star, British War and Victory Medals

Cemetery/Memorial

JERUSALEM MEMORIAL
Panel 17.
Israel and Palestine (including Gaza)

Headstone

>He has no Headstone. He is commemorated on the the Jerusalem Memorial to the missing.

UK Memorials

Hertford Town War Memorial, Parliament Square, Hertford. All Saints Church Memorial, Hertford. Hatfield War Memorial, Great North Road, Hatfield. Hatfield In Memoriam Book.

Pre War

William Henry Fox was born in 1894 in Hatfield, Hertfordshire son of William Henry Alexander Fox (B 1869 in India) and Hannah Fox (B 1867). One of five children.

He was Baptised on 23rd September 1894, in the Parish of Bishops Hatfield, with his elder brother John.            

1901 Census records William aged 6, at school, living with his parents, brothers John 14 and Danial 3, in Hatfield Hyde, Hatfield, Herts.

1911 Census records him aged 16, no occupation is given, he is living with his parents, brothers Danial 13, Frederick 9, and sister Ada 4, in Hatfield Hyde, Hatfield.

William married Gertrude Edith Brown in October 1913, they had one child Elsie and lived at 4 Thornton Street, Hertford. 

Wartime Service

Willian enlisted in the County Town of Hertford, initially posted to the 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment with the Service No. 4/6691. Later transferred to the 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment with the Service No. 5814. William was killed in action on 18th September 1916, in Egypt.

Extract from the Battalion War Diaries : 18th Sept 1916. "1900hrs Received wire from A/Adj. Coolum that  Pte Fox of "B" Company Killed and Pte Meeks "D" Company Wounded Private 5814 William Fox of Hertford and Private 2983 Percy Meeks were the Battalions first casualties since Gallipoli".   

Additional Information

Private 2983 Percy Meeks recovered and survived the war. The value of his effects £0-3s-8d, Pay Owing and £9, War Gratuity went to his widow Gertrude and E. Williams, (his daughter).

Acknowledgments

Stuart Osborne
Malcolm Lennox, Stuart Osborne.