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Wilfred Edward COX

Regimental number1954
Place of birthHamstead Heath, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressEnfield, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 10.5"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E. Cox, Enfield P.O., Enfield, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date16 December 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 December 1915
Place of enlistmentOaklands, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Light Horse Regiment, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/14/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 10 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Discharge date11/2/1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Taken on strength of 3rd Reserve Regiment, Heliopolis, Egypt, 9 March 1916.

Admitted to No 3 Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, 27 March 1916; discharged to duty, 15 April 1916; rejoined 3rd Reserve Regiment, Tel el Kebir, 19 April 1916.

Taken on strength of 5th Divisional Ammunition Column, 29 April 1916, and mustered as a Gunner the same day.

Taken on strength of 14th Field Artillery Bde, 30 April 1916, and posted to Bde Ammunition Column.

Admitted to Casualty Clearing Station, Tel el Kebir, 5 May 1916; discharged, 19 May 1916; marched into Australian Artillery Training Depot, Tel el Kebir, no date stated.

Embarked Alexandria, 1 August 1916.

Marched into Australian Artillery Training Depot, Parkhouse, England, 28 September 1916.

Found guilty, no date stated, of being absent without leave from 0630 hours, until 2200 hours, 11 October 1916: award, forfeits 2 days' pay, and a total forfeiture of 3 days' pay.

Taken on strength of 8th Training Bn, 24 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 11 November 1916; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 12 November 1916.

Proceeded to unit, 22 November 1916; taken on strength of 32nd Bn, 25 November 1916.

Admitted to No 15 Australian Field Ambulance, 14 March 1917 (anal fistula); transferred to 1/1 South Midland Casualty Clearing Station, 16 March 1917; to No 1 Australian General Hospital, Rouen, 20 March 1917; to England, 21 March 1917; to No 1 Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, 22 March 1917; discharged to furlough, 1 June 1917, and to report to No 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 16 June 1917.

Marched into Overseas Training Depot, Perham Downs, 10 July 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 30 July 1917; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Le Havre, 31 July 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 16 August 1917; rejoined 32nd Bn, 18 August 1917.

Admitted to No 8 Australian Field Ambulance, 30 November 1917 (carbuncle on back); transferred to 5th Australian Divisional Rest Station, 30 November 1917 (gastro enteritis); discharged, and rejoined unit, 11 December 1917.

Admitted to 5th Australian Divisional Rest Station, 22 February 1918 (furunculosis); discharged, 27 February 1918; rejoined unit, 27 February 1918.

Admitted to No 14 Australian Field Ambulance, 3 April 1918, and transferred to No 3 Canadian Stationary Hospital, Douelles, the same day (scabies); to No 26 General Hospital, Etaples, 4 April 1918; to No 6 Convalescent Depot, Etaples, 17 April 1918; marched into Australian Intermediate Base Depot, Le Havre, 20 April 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 30 April 1918; rejoined 32 Bn, 10 May 1918.

Promoted Lance Corporal, 29 June 1918.

To 4th Army Rest Camp, 26 July 1918; rejoined unit, 10 August 1918.

On leave, 19 September 1918; rejoined unit, 8 October 1918.

Proceeded to England for return to Australia, 5 March 1919; admitted to No 39 General Hospital, Le Havre, 13 March 1919 (not yet diagnosed); transferred to England, 18 March 1919; to No 1 Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 19 March 1919 (venereal disease); discharged, 30 May 1919; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 79 days.

Readmitted to No 1 Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 30 May 1919 (fissure in anus); discharged, and marched into No 2 Group, Sutton Veny, 21 August 1919.

Admitted to No 1 Australian General Hospital, Sutton Veny, 30 August 1919 (synovitis of knee); to Military Hospital, Fovant, 22 September 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Nestor', 1 November 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 12 December 1919; discharged Adelaide (medically unfit), 11 February 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death12 May 1960
Place of burialWest Terrace Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, COX Wilfred Edward

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