Kenora Great War Project

 

Personal Details
Date of BirthJanuary 29, 1878
Place of BirthLambeth, London
CountryEngland
Marital StatusSingle
Next of KinHubert Cox, brother, HMS Vengeance
Trade / CallingTeamster
ReligionWesleyan
Service Details
Regimental Number75231
Service RecordLink to Service Record
Battalion29th Battalion
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Infantry
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Place of EnlistmentVancouver, British Columbia
Date of EnlistmentNovember 9, 1914
Age at Enlistment36
Theatre of ServiceEurope
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathMay 9, 1926
Age at Death48
Buried AtLake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
Plot29E-30-4

Cox, Arthur Mayne

Arthur Mayne Cox was born on 29 January 1878 in Lambeth, London, England. His father Jeremiah Cox was from Bradford in Devon while his mother Susan Jane Oliver was from St Ives in Cornwall. The couple married in 1876, marriage registered in St Pancras district of London. Children born to the family were Thomas Mayne (1876, Banstead, Surrey), Arthur, Henry Mayne (1879, Lambeth, London), Minnie Alice (1880, Paddington, London), Alfred Mayne (1882, Bermondsey, London), Winnifred Ida (1884, Cookham, Berkshire), Hubert Mayne (1886, Cookham, Berkshire), Amy Annie (1889, Cookham, Berkshire), and Eva Florence (1893, Cookham, Berkshire). At the time of the 1881 census the family was living in Paddington, Jeremiah’s occupation given as police inspector. By the 1891 census they had moved to Cookham where Jeremiah was working as a night watchman. Sadly, Arthur’s mother Susan died in 1894 in Cookham. The 1901 census found Jeremiah and some of the younger children in Maidenhead, Berkshire as did the 1911 census.

In February of 1896 Arthur enlisted with the Royal Artillery, transferring to the Royal Garrison Artillery in 1902. With rank of Gunner, he served in Malta from 5 May 1898 to 19 March 1904. Aboard the Dominion, Arthur arrived in Montreal, Quebec on 3 May 1904. According to the ship’s manifest, he was a labourer on his way to Winnipeg.

Arthur signed his attestation papers on 9 November 1914 in Vancouver, British Columbia. His date of birth was given as 28 January 1879, occupation as teamster and his brother Hubert on the H.M.S. Vengeance as next of kin. Elsewhere in his service record his occupation was listed as logger and musician. A Private with the 29th Battalion, he embarked for England aboard the Missanabie on 20 May 1915. Once in England he was promoted to Lance Corporal and then to Corporal after landing in France in mid September.

A short time later, on 30th of September, Arthur sustained an exploding bullet wound to his right hand. First admitted to the No 2 Canadian Stationary Hospital in Le Touquet on October 1st, he was invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Cambria on the 5th, taken on strength with the 48th Reserve Battalion the next day. By November Arthur had been transferred to the 30th Reserve Battalion. Over the next year Arthur underwent surgeries and treatments at the Ampton Hall Hospital in Suffolk, the Hillingdon House Convalescent Hospital in Uxbridge, the Kings Canadian Red Cross Hospital in Teddington, and the Granville Special Hospital at Ramsgate. The damage to his hand was extensive and the end result was that he had limited use of the hand. On 15 September 1916 Arthur left for Canada aboard the Missanabie and was discharged from service being no longer physically fit at Esquimalt, British Columbia on November 30th.

According to a notation in his service record, in 1922 Arthur was living in Prince Rupert, British Columbia and working as a railway mail clerk. In early January of 1926 he moved to northwestern Ontario where his brother Alfred was living in the town of Keewatin, a few kilometres west of Kenora.

Arthur died on 9 May 1926 in the Kenora General Hospital of carcinoma of the stomach. He was predeceased by his mother (1894), father Jeremiah (1932, Maidenhead, Berkshire), siblings Henry (1882, London) and Minnie Alice (Arthur) Coles (1910, Malta). Siblings Thomas later died in 1941 in Kenora, Hubert in 1953 in Combe Hill in Gloucestershire, Alfred in 1955 in York in Yorkshire, Winnifred (William) Hooper in 1961 in Dawlish, Devon, Amy in 1969 in Maidenhead in Berkshire, and Eva (George) Lockley in 1982 in Birstall, Leicester. Arthur is interred in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora.

By Judy Thorburn


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