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George Fox

George Fox

Private 13649 - Sherwood Foresters
Notts & Derby Regiment 2nd Battalion

Enlisted: 27th August 1914

Killed in Action Flanders 13th Sep 1916 : Aged 30

Guillemont Road Cemetary, Guillemont, ref. VI.D.3

Huthwaite Online WW1 Remembrance

Private 13649 George Fox was born Q1 1886 in Newton, Derbyshire. Parents 25th December 1879 Blackwell marriage between Sam Fox 22 and Miss Jane Riley 19 from Newton, finds children born between regular moves through neighbouring localities. Hucknall-under-Huthwaite 1891 addresses fullest Fox household in Windmill Cottages off Sutton Road, headed by coal miner Sam 34, and wife Jane 30, mothering Joseph 11, Sampson 9, Arthur 8, Mary H 6, George 5, Thomas 2 and Alfred F 10 months. Sutton 1883 birth of son Adam left that 8 year old in 1901 widower lodgings. Death of mother Mrs J Fox was registered 1899.

Mr George Fox independently afforded 1901 lodgings in Blackwell Road, Huthwaite, aged 15. He'd started working underground as pit pony driver, to end up lastly known employed mining Tibshelf Colliery. Marriage to Miss Sarah Elizabeth Allsop Q1 1905 recognises a husband and father of four children named Sarah Ann, George Joseph, Harold Samson and Cyril Fox.

Private 13649 George Fox voluntarily enlisted 27th August 1914 for the army, leaving his family registered address at 20 Swan Yard, Huthwaite, Notts. Joining 2nd Battalion Notts and Derbys Regiment landed those Sherwood Foresters into France. Four months back in England treating a reported foot wound in hospital returned Pte G Fox back to the front lines by April 1916. Mrs Sarah Elizabeth Fox had moved into Sherwood Street, when eventually receiving dated confirmation her husband was killed.

Memorial in France afforded personalised inscription WITH DEEP REGRET AND LOVING REMEMBRANCE FROM THY DEAR WIFE AND FAMILY.   Huthwaite cenotaph also lists A. Fox. That identifies younger brother Able Seaman J/5139 Adam Fox.

Notts Free Press 9th June 1917


After being among the “missing” for eleven months, official intimation of the death in action of Private George Fox has been received by his wife, who lives in Sherwood Street, Huthwaite. Private Fox was in the 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters, and enlisted nearly three years ago, being then employed at Tibshelf Colliery. In May of 1915 he was wounded in the foot, which caused him to spend four months in an English hospital, and he went out to France again in April of last year. The official return states that he was killed on the 13th September last. A former comrade of his, who was in Huthwaite a few weeks ago, gave the details of his death, which occurred through a mine being blown up on the British front. In addition to a widow, Private Fox leaves four children, and a brother of his went down in the “Defence” in the Jutland battle.

23 Jul 06     by Gary Elliott       Updated 09 Jul 12