Nicholas Cox



Sep 13, 1871

Born in Buxton, British Guiana


Jun 11, 1902

Married to Maude O’Connor in Buxton, Derbyshire, England 

Following his graduation from Stanfield College in Hampstead, England he joined the Civil Service and proceeded to British Guiana with his wife


Sep 18, 1911

Disembarked the SS Trent in Southampton.  He was arriving home from service in British Guiana and the West Indies with his wife Maude, and children  Arthur and Stephen


Sep 19, 1912

Took the position of Official Secretary and Clerk, Government Agent.  This was preceded by service as 1st Class Clerk, Government Secretariat, Commissary of Taxation, Transport Officer – British Guiana, Venezuelan Boundary Commission, and District Commissioner.

He held a Commission as a Justice of the Peace and acted on several occasions as a Magistrate, Navigating Officer and Protector of Aboriginal Indians of the Colony.


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59209 (temporary number 416)

Ø      Next of kin given as Maude Cox, wife, Pembroke, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Railroad Material Agent

Ø      Previous military experience given as British Guiana Militia

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company]

o       This was later reorganized into “B” Company

o       He was later transferred to the Scout Section

Ø      Religion given as Church of England 

Medical makes note of all toes on his left foot as having been amputated 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries 

While in Kingston he attended an 8 week NCO’s (Non Commissioned Officer) Course of Instruction


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 1, 1915

Appointed to the rank of Acting Sergeant


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Oct 17, 1915

Attached to the 2nd Division Headquarters Staff for duty as a Supply Clerk


Nov 25, 1915

SOS (Struck Off Strength) the 21st Battalion and transferred to the 2nd Division Headquarters Staff 

Promoted to the rank of Sergeant and appointed as Staff QMS (Quartermaster Sergeant)


Feb 1, 1916

Promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer 1st Class


Jun 27, 1916

Proceeded to England and discharged from the CEF at the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent 

Ø      Rank on discharge Staff Sergeant Major

Ø      Reason for discharge Appointed to a Commission in the Imperial Army

Ø      Residence on discharge Mechanical Transport School of Instruction, Northern Lines 

Following the war the 1914-15 Star was sent to him c/o HQrs London District, Horse Guards Annex, Carlton House Terrace, London 

The British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 4 Stanley Ave., Thorpe Hamlet, Norwich, Norfolk, England


Jun 28, 1916

TOS (Taken On Strength) the Imperial Army with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant


May 29, 1954

Died in Okehampton, Devon, England


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