Albert Edward Cox

Royal Navy, M22659

Part of the pre-1900 map of Bottesford parish showing the junction at the West End of the village and the possible location of the Cox's home in 1911. | Bottesford Community Heritage Project
Part of the pre-1900 map of Bottesford parish showing the junction at the West End of the village and the possible location of the Cox's home in 1911.
Bottesford Community Heritage Project
The single service record for Albert Edward Cox. | The National Archive
The single service record for Albert Edward Cox.
The National Archive

Albert E Cox was included in the list of Absentee Voters in Bottesford, 1918/19. His address was given as the West End, and at the time of compiling the list he was serving on HMS Egmont.

Family background

Albert Cox was born on 14 June, 1897, in Bottesford, son of Henry and Mary Ann Cox. Henry Cox was born in 1858, in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. Mary Ann Cox was born in 1857, in Nottingham.

There were 5 sons and 1 daughter in the Cox family – Harry (born in 1881), Sidney (b.1883), Clifford (b.1885), Walter (b.1892), Albert (b.1897) and Lilian (b.1894).

In 1891, the Cox family lived in the New Railway cottages, by the railway bridge on Nottingham Road. Henry Cox was a railway signalman born in 1858 at Hitchin, Hertfordshire, and his wife Mary Ann was born in 1857 at Nottingham. With them were three sons, Harry (b.1881), Sidney and Clifford.

In 1901, the family lived on the High Street, Bottesford. The house was located on the northern side of High Street, at its western end, set back from the main road, on the corner of High Street and The Nook (Pinfold Lane). The children were Sidney (working as a commercial clerk), Clifford (also a clerk), Walter, Lilian and Albert.

In 1911, their address was recorded as 1, Elton Road (Nottingham Road). With Henry and Mary were Walter (a teacher), Lilian (a milliner), and schoolboy Albert. Albert was the third of the sons to Join the armed forces. Clifford, Walter and Albert Cox are all in the Bottesford ‘church organ’ list of WW1 service men.

Clifford Cox served in the Royal Navy from 1904 until 1916, then again until 1923, and added a further spell in 1926. Like Albert, he was a clerk (a Writer) in the naval Shore Establishment.

Walter Cox first enlisted in 1911, as a reservist with the Lincolnshire and Leicestershire Army Service Corps, and then joined the 5th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment in 1915, serving in France until he left the army in February 1916, as Staff Sergeant Cox, on “Termination of Engagement”. Walter Cox went on to become headmaster of Bottesford School and then re-enlisted in WW2, reaching the rank of major.

Military Service Records

A single sheet of his service record is available online from the National Archive, and this may well be all that has survived. However, this provides a summary of his military service.

Albert Edward Cox joined the Royal Navy, service number M22659. He enlisted before 5th September, 1916. His civilian occupation was recorded as a clerk, and during his military service he was referred to as a ‘writer’.

His postings were at Shore Establishment bases:

5th September, 1916, to 31st December, 1916 – Victory

1st January, 1917, to 8th July, 1919 – Egmont

9th July, 1919, to 25th September, 1919 – Victory III

The name ‘H.M.S. Victory’ was (and is) of course that of Nelson’s famous flagship, but it was also used for the navy barracks in Queen Street, Portsmouth, which acted as accommodation ashore. H.M.S. Victory III was the navy Accounting Section, also located at Portsmouth during WW1. (We are thankful for information provided in forum postings on World Naval Ships Forums)

H.M.S. Egmont was an armoured frigate of the 19th Century, but during WW1 this old vessel was used as a depot ship moored at Chatham (Wikipedia).

Albert E Cox was demobilized after 25th September, 1919, and was awarded the British Medal (presumably this refers to the British War Medal).

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