Other names: Arthur Roy
Locations in this story: Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, DorsetBox Hill, Victoria, AustraliaShaftesbury, DorsetGallipoli, TurkeyFrance & FlandersSydney, New South Wales, AustraliaMere, Wiltshire
Story: Arthur Roy Cox was born in Box Hill, Victoria, Australia, on 25 May 1894 the son of Charles Albert Cox (formerly of Mere, Wiltshire) and Mary Jane Cox (nee Miles) (formerly of Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset). Arthur's parents had married at Compton Abbas on 10 Feb 1886 and shortly thereafter emigrated to Box Hill, Victoria, Australia. Charles Reginald Miles Cox, Arthur's brother, also served in the conflict. Arthur and his brother had returned to the UK for part of their education at Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset, which he left in 1911 thereafter returning to Australia on 25 Apr 1913. Arthur enlisted with the Australian Infantry Force and joined the 14th Battalion as a 2nd Lieutenant eventually rising to the rank of Captain. He served in both Gallipoli, Turkey, and in France and Flanders during which time he had been wounded on three occasions. On his discharge he would have been entitled to the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star. He married Doris Thelma Turner at St Philip's Church, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, on 17 Apr 1929. He was a Director in his father's firm of Clothing Manufacturers and Factors. His death was recorded in Sydney on 19 May 1972.