Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Date of BirthMarch 10, 1899
Place of BirthMuskoka District, Ontario
Marital StatusSingle
Next of KinHugh Cox (father), Molson, Manitoba
Trade / CallingLabourer
ReligionChurch of England
Service Details
Regimental Number1013313
Service RecordLink to Service Record
Battalion230th Battalion
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Infantry
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Place of EnlistmentKenora, Ontario
Address at EnlistmentKenora, Ontario
Date of EnlistmentJanuary 15, 1917
Age at Enlistment17
Theatre of ServiceCanada
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathFebruary 25, 1981
Age at Death81
Buried AtTyndall Cemetery, Tyndall, Manitoba

Cox, Adam

Private Adam Cox was one of four brothers who served in the First World War. He was born on 10 March 1899 in the District of Muskoka, Ontario, the son of Hugh Cox and Mary Melinda Long. He had at least eight brothers and sisters: Dennis, William John, Charles, Ambrose, Stacey, Hughie, Armintha or “Minnie” and Ellen Jane. His parents were married in 1892 and their first six children were born in Ryde Township, which is now part of the town of Gravenhurst, Ontario. Around 1905 the family moved to the Beausejour area in Manitoba. For the 1906 census they were listed in the village of Tyndall and in 1911 they were in Molson. The youngest child was born in June 1911 and Mary died about six weeks later. Afterwards Hugh and some of the boys, including Adam, moved to Kenora, Ontario.

Adam enlisted in Kenora on 15 January 1917, signing up with the 230th Battalion. He was 17 years old at the time but he passed himself off as a year older. The 230th Battalion was a forestry unit and Adam trained with them for five months. On 20 June 1917 he was transferred to No. 3 Special Service Company in Kingston. A month later he was struck off strength as a deserter after a court of inquiry, having served for a total of six months. His oldest brother Dennis had been killed on 9 April 1917 at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. His brother William John served for about a year and a half in Canada and Charles Edward was sent to France where he was seriously injured in June 1918. Both survived the war.

Sometime after the war Adam returned to the Kenora area. He was married in Dryden in 1938 to Violet Ethel Herbert (nee Faulkner). Violet was the daughter of George Faulkner and Mary Ann Bamforth. She was born in Manitou, Manitoba in 1886 and she married Cecil Herbert in 1906. They had at least five children: Earl, Myrtle, Victor, Orval and Gladys. Two of her brothers served in the war: Reginald Faulkner, who was seriously sounded in Belgium in April 1916, and Vincent Faulkner, MM, who was killed in France in December 1916. Violet’s husband Cecil died in 1937 and he’s buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery. Their son Victor Herbert served in the Second World War.

Violet passed away in the Kenora district hospital on 11 July 1968, at age 81, and she’s buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery. Her son Orval had died in 1960 and she was survived by her four remaining children as well as Adam’s three children (presumably from a previous marriage): Alvin Cox, Harold Cox and Mildred (Mrs. Frank Ficek). Sometime after being widowed Adam moved to Tyndall, Manitoba to live with a cousin. He passed away in the Beausejour Hospital on 25 February 1981, at age 81, and he’s buried in the Tyndall Cemetery.

By Becky Johnson

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