Huthwaite War Memorial Project

FOX A. J/5139

Huthwaite War Memorial

Adam Fox

Able Seaman J/5139 - Royal Navy
H.M.S. Defence

Killed in Action 31st May 1916 : Aged 23

Plymouth Naval Memorial Grave ref. 12

Born in Huthwaite, a son of Sam and Jane Fox residing at New Street, Newton, Alfreton. Adams age differs in press reports, but the official 23 years recorded by CWCG would perhaps in this case offer a better guide calculated from his 7 years in service. Private George Fox is a confirmed elder brother.

Notts. Free Press 9th June, 1916.
Huthwaite Sailor's End - Sinks with the "Defence"
A Huthwaite man who went down with H.M.S. “Defence” was Able Seaman Adam Fox, a son of Mr. S. Fox, who resides at Newton. He was 21 years of age, and had been in the navy over seven years. He had been on the “Defence” for three years, and was a “seaman ?????”. He was on leave quite recently, and only arrived on his ship again on the 21st. of May, the vessel then proceeding on what proved to be its last journey. Seaman Fox, it is curious to note, had served in two other ships which lie on the ocean bed, the “Irresistible” and the “Inflexible2. During his seven years’ service he had visited many parts of the world, and had twice crossed the equator.
Notts Free Press – 23rd June, 1916.

A memorial service was held for A.B. Adam Fox the Huthwaite naval man who went down with the “Defence” in the battle of Jutland and for the officers and men who were lost in the same battle. The congregation was described as numerous, the Union Jack flown at half-mast and psalms and hymns were sung. A personal friend of Fox was also present – a man from another ship involved in the battle. The Dead March from “Saul” was played.

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Written 23 Jul 06 Revised 07 Feb 09 © by Gary Elliott