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Cox, Frederick Wallace (355)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC

Age: 24 years 1 month

Enlistment Details: Thursday, 17 September 1914 – Warracknabeal, VIC

Service Number: 355            view online service record

Minyip, VIC

Next of Kin:
J Cox (mother)
Minyip, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Thursday, 25 February 1915
Ship: HMAT Star of Victoria A16
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 8th Light Horse Regiment

KIA: Friday, 4 May 1917
Place: Deir-el-Belah, Palestine

Lance Corporal, 6 Light Horse, killed in action 4 May, 1917, aged 26, and commemorated Deir El Belah War Cemetery, Israel.

Parents: Alfred and Jane COX, born Port Melbourne, educated Minyip SS, Gongernong College (location unknown). He enlisted as a 24-year-old plumber at Warracknabeal with his mother at Minyip as next of kin. Noted as being killed in bombing of the 3 Light Horse Field Ambulance hospital in Palestine by enemy aircraft; his detailed records suggest he was admitted “sick” on 2 May, two days before he was killed.

Additional research by Brian Membrey


  • Brian Membrey
    Posted February 12, 2017 6.19 pm 0Likes

    “I actually knew casualty well. He was killed at Der-al-Belah, Palestine on the 4th May, 1917 under the following circumstances. Casualty was in hospital in which he was an inmate when a piece of aero-torpedo cut him across the shoulders, almost cutting his body in two. It struck him in the back. Casulaty was buried on the 5th May. A cross was put over his grave. I was in the hospital at the time”. (W. K. Mitchell, 1669, 6th Light Horse) Six others were killed and eight wounded in the attack on the tent hospital.

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