On this day in 1917, Stanley Cox (1893-1917) was killed in a shell attack in Belgium in the Great War.
Stanley was 25 and a private in the 2nd Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment when he lost his life on September 26, 1917.
The Western Times, reporting his death ten days later, said he was ‘killed through a shell striking him while consolidating a captured trench’.
Stanley, who served in the 1/7th Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment before joining the 2nd Battalion, is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium.
He is also commemorated on Brixham War Memorial.
Born in Brixham in 1893, Stanley was the son of John Smith Cox (1868-1946) and Minnie Clarke (1867- 1937). In 1911, he lived with his parents at 66, Fore Street, Brixham.
Stanley was a brother of Dorothy Minnie Cox (1894-1901) who married John Stanley German (1889-1980) in 1915 in the Totnes district. John – who served in the RAF in the Great War – was the son of John Hill German (1860-1941) and Annie Helena Cook (1855-1940). John Hill German was the brother of Ellen Hill German (1856-1943) who married Henry Arscott (1861-1946) in 1899 in Tiverton. Henry was the son of John Arscott (1838-1897) and Susan Couch (1836-1896). John was the son of John Arscott (1807-1879), my great-great grandfather.
Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery. Stanley is remembered on the memorial there. Photographed on August 5, 2014 by Gary Blakeley (CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons). https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tyne_Cot_Commonwealth_War_Graves_Cemetery.jpg