6237 Private Wilfred E. Cox, 13th Infantry Battalion, 20th Reinforcements

Wilfred Cox was born in Orange in 1881, the fifth son of Mr James and Eliza Cox. At the age of 34 years old, this brick labourer living in “Perth House”, 85 George Street, North Parramatta with his wife Mrs. Maud Alice Cox enlisted 8 January 1916 in Liverpool, NSW with the 13th Infantry Battalion. Prior to enlisting he had served 6 years with the 3rd Infantry.

9 September 1916 he departed Sydney aboard HMAT Euripides A14 and landed in Plymouth, England on 26 October. By 20 December his training battalion embarked from Folkestone, England to Etaples, France per Princess Clementine for oversea duties. There he suffered from trench feet and influenza and was admitted to Richmond hospital in between his training and active duty.

Sadly while fighting in France (Belgium), Private W. E. Cox was killed in action on 22 March 1918, aged 37 years old. He is buried in the Nieuwkerke Churchyard, Belgium (also known as Neuve-Eglise). His name is also inscribed on the Royal Memorial Gates at St. Johns, Parramatta.

Anne Tsang, Research Assistant, Parramatta City Council Heritage Centre, 2014

Family notices. (1918 April 13). The Sydney Morning Herald, p.12. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15787182