Thomas William Cox
Private 16150 - Sherwood Foresters
Notts Derby Regiment 12th Battalion
Killed in Action France 2nd February 1917 : Aged 26
Philosophe British Cemetary, Mazingarbe ref. I.L. 40.
Private 16150 Thomas William Cox was born Q4 1890 in Hartshorne, Derbys. Parents marriage 26th Decemeber 1878 between General Labourer Mr Henry Cox and Miss Mary Ann Jaques gained their jointly neighbouring Screw Mill Row number 11. Father then joined their local Coal Mining workforce before heading full 1891 household aged 36. Mrs Mary Ann Cox 33, then mothered James Henry 9, Robert 8, Harriett 4, and James William 6 months, until her untimely death Q4 1892 aged 35.
Thomas William Cox and his brother Robert next appear housed 1901 in Blackwell as nephews under guardianship of Mr Robert Jacques 42 and Mrs Alice Jacques 38, along with their son Charles 20. All males found work underground eventually hewing coals, although Thomas himself was drawn to New Hucknall Colliery. A 1911 Huthwaite census lists that 20 year old boarder living with a young Hassall family at No 3 Atherton Cottages, Common Road.
Private 16150 Thomas William Cox enlisted at Sutton joining the 12th Notts & Derbys Regiment. His medal card dates landing in France 29th August 1915, and when there killed in action 2nd February 1917, aged 26.
Pte T W Cox acknowledged care given by his aunt Mrs Alice Jacques, as well as his father. Mr Henry Cox had remarried Miss Florence Elizabeth Johnson 28th May 1989 at Church-Gresley, Derbyshire. Working as Farm Waggoner at Wichnor Forge, Staffs, the younger Mrs Florence E Cox had mothered their five children by 1911 at Honeysucks Cottage, Harthill, Sheffield, where Henry had become farm shepherd.