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There were some very specific recruitment posters for them, the last line of one
inWikipedia makes me smile.
As for Charles George William Cox, he was born
in Bermondsey and later moved with his parents
to 78 Alloa Road in Deptford. By the 1911
census, he was a postman living in West
London with a manager at the sorting office who
was also a Bermondsey boy – perhaps he had
helped him get the job which oddly had to be
listed in the London Gazette. He married
Elizabeth Caroline Brown in December 1911
in Brentford. By the time he enlisted, Cox’s
address was given as 2 Benbow Road in
Which regiment he was in remains unclear – he
enlisted in London, so it is likely to have been
one of the three Kent Battalions. Their role was,
initially at least, one of ‘guarding key points
and patrolling the coastline to deter invasion
and catch spies’.
Charles Cox was listed as ‘B Company’ which was based at the Training Centre
in Tonbridge. How he died is unclear, it is possible that he might have been posted
to India and was wounded in action – the First Batallion was stationed there from
early 1916 onwards – or it could have related to injury or illness in Britain.
Where he died is also slightly unclear, one of his army records suggests that he died
at home in Forest Hill, but ‘home’ would presumably have been either Bembow Road
or Alloa Road, although it is possible that his parents had to move during the war.
If he died in Forest Hill it could have been that he was at one of the auxillary WW1
hospitals,the Fairlawn, in Honor Oak Road. Wherever, he died, he died young, at
the age of 28, and when in the cemetery I always go by the memorial and pause for
a moment by the inscription of his name.

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