Private 7951457 Sherwood Foresters
Notts and Derbys Regiment 2nd Bn.
Killed in Action 23 Apr 1943 : Aged 20
Thibar Seminary War Cemetery C 22
Private 7951457 James Fox was born 24th December 1922 in Huthwaite. He was a son of Joseph and Hilda Fox, who's deaths had left 4 orphans named in 1939 ward of their married aunt. Mr Rob Barber furthermore relates she was formerly Miss Mary Hannah Fox, a young maid serving Florence Nightingale's Derbyshire family home. Their 1939 Huthwaite census address at 91 Common Road lists coal miner head Mr Arthur Barber bn 1881, with wife Mrs Mary Hannah Barber bn 1884, caring for all Hosiery employed children, Miss Edna May Fox bn 1916, Albert Fox bn 1920, James Fox bn 1922 and Bernard Fox bn 1924.
Mr James Fox had been a choirboy at Huthwaite parish church, plus employed by Sutton hosiery firm Briggs and Greenwood before called up to join the Sherwood Foresters. Their 2nd Battalion had ended up joining the 1943 British Army fiercely fighting in Tunisia, where Pte J Fox was killed in action aged 20. Personalised Inscription in the Thibar War Cemetery loving reads: JAMES. HIS PRESENCE IS MISSED, HIS MEMORY A TREASURE. AUNT
According to official intimation, Pte. James Fox, the second son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Fox, of 91 Common Road Huthwaite, has died of wounds in North Africa. He had lived with his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. A. Barber, and as a boy was a member of the Parish Church choir.
He was 20 years of age, and was employed as a hosiery worker by Messrs. Briggs and Greenwood. Called up 15 months ago, he went abroad with the Sherwood Foresters in February of this year. His name was mentioned by the Vicar at evening service in the Parish Church on Sunday.
CWGC: Son of Joseph and Hilda Fox, of Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire; nephew and ward of Mrs. M. H. Barber, of Huthwaite.