William Frederick Cox

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William Frederick Cox
Personal Information
Date of Birth 1 Dec 1886
Place of Birth Mandurah, Western Australia
Death 20 Aug 1982, aged 95
Place of Death Perth, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 55 years, 3 months
Description 5'8" (1.73m) tall ; 160lbs
72.575 kg
; fair complexion ; blue eyes ; light brown hair
Occupation Labourer
Religion Church of England
Address Byford, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Myrtle Mary Cox
Military Information
Reg Number W67607
Date of Enlistment 22 Mar 1942
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 2nd (Fremantle) VDC Battalion
Post War Details
Fate Remained in Australia
Medals British War Medal

Pre War

Prior to leaving for England, Bill had married Myrtle May Goddard (1896 - 1964) in Perth. Myrtle died on 19 Nov 1964 aged 68. They had four children including Vida Joy Cox (1918-1995).

WW 1

William enlisted for WW1 on 11 Jan 1916 giving his age as 26. A sleeper cutter, he was allocated to the 3rd reinforcement for the 51st Battalion. On 18 Jul 1916 he had embarked on HMAT A48 Seang Bee, disembarking in Plymouth on 9 Sep 1916. on 23 Sep 1916 he was taken on strength by the 44th Battalion, but a month later he was sent to No. 1 Command Depot at Perham Downs for medical assessment. On 18 Jan 1917 he was hospitalised with mumps, returning to his unit on 1 Feb 1917. Soon after he was charged with breaking camp for which he was admonished, and forfeited 4 days pay.

On 4 May 1917 he was aboard HMAT A54 Runic returning to Australia on the grounds that he had deformed feet. Disembarked on 26 Jun 1917, he was discharged on 17 Jul 1917.

Pre WW 2

Electoral Roll entries: 1925 at No.1 Mill Jarrahdale, timber worker; 1936 - 1943 at Cardup, labourer.

WW 2 Service

Bill signed up for the Volunteer Defence Corps in Armadale on 22 Mar 1942 and was posted to the 2nd (Fremantle) VDC Battalion. On 1 May 1945 along with the rest of his unit he was placed on Reserve.

Post WW 2

Electoral Roll entries: 1954 - 1972 at 30 Fourth road, Armadale, brick worker; 1980 at 16 Dearness Way Armadale, retired.


Description given was for enlistment in WW 1.

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