Raymond Gillett Cox, Worcs Regt


1889 Aug 3. Born Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire

1891 census at Oldborough Farm, Lower Lemington, Lower Lemington

1901 census at Victoria Road, Cirencester

1911 census , I cannot find him. He was a Merchant Seaman, and presumably serving on a ship overseas.

1914 Nov 6 Enlisted in Royal Welsh Fusiliers. His profession on enlistment was "Seaman"

1915 Feb 18. Promoted L/Sgt

1915 Oct 19. The East Lancashire Regiment. The undermentioned to be temporary Second Lieutenants: — Raymond Gillett Cox.

1915 Oct 23. Posted to Yelverton (Plymouth) of Instruction and from there to unit

1916 Feb 13. Posted to Light Duty in UK

1916 May 2. Fit for General Service

1916 Sep Appointed to no11 Squadron in RFC

1917 Mar 17 Wounded at Bapaume. "Gunshot wound arm (left), compound fracture". It was a blighty one . Entrained Rouen and detained Edgehill. And after a number of Medical Boards, is gazetted out as relinquished because of ill health. He never returns to service after his wounding

Lt A C Woodman (Ok) & 2nd Lt R C Cox (Wia), 11 Sqn, FE2b 4979 , Albatros Scout out of control Grévillers at 10:00/11:00- shot through force landed Grevillers and unsalvable on reconnaissance;

1918 Feb 6. Garrison Battalions Worc. R. Temp. 2nd Lt. R. G. Cox relinquishes his commission on account of ill-health caused by wounds, and is granted the hon. rank of Lt.

1918 Apr/Jun marries Doris G Dixon in Hampshire. There seem to have been 2 daughters born before he emigrated. From a forum post it appears he abandoned his wife and children, and walked out. Doris died 2 Jun 1989. I assume his second marriage was bigamous, in that there does not appear to have been a divorce, and he remarried in 1941

1919 May 16 A Medical Board still has him as very badly wounded. They had him as 40% disability permanently

1920 Aug 27. Joined ADRIC with service no. 407

1920 Dec 28 Motor accident

1921 Feb 1. "Struck off strength"

1921 Apr Applies to Crown Agents for a Colonial job

1923 Aug 19. Arrives in Canada as an emigrant. He apparently abandoned his family " He married my grandmother Doris Cox in 1918 and at that stage they lived in Bournemouth. Two daughters were born and then Raymond left (probably to go to London). Nothing else is known about him but there must be some family out there - either Cox or Gillett?

1930 Returns from Canada as he is on Fulham Electoral Register under full name . No Mrs Cox there

1939 Living in Wokingham with Emily M Cox. 17 Woodland Avenue , Wokingham R.D., Berkshire, He is a Time Clerk. He marries Emily only a few years later in 1941

1941 Apr/Jun married in Wokingham to Emily May Kennedy. Her DOB of birth in 1939 reg is given as May 1901. This leads to a birth reg record of an Emily May Kennedy in 2Q of 1901 in Wokingham. Emily May is the name of Raymond Gillett Cox's widow in the probate record.

1951 Jun 21 Died in UK