Personal info

  • Name: Christopher Augustus Cox
  • D.O.B: December 25th, 1889
  • D.O.A: March 13th, 1917
  • D.O.D: April 28th, 1959
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 7th Battalion The Bedfordshire Regiment, 54th Brigade, 18th Division

Achiet-le-Grand, France

13-15 March 1917

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The First World War 

In February 1917 the German army in north-eastern France began to retreat to the strategic defensive position known as the Hindenburg Line. As it did so, it was harassed by the British. On 13 March the 7th Battalion The Bedfordshire Regiment (54th Brigade) occupied former German positions along the Loupart Line, north-west of Bapaume. However, the neighbouring villages of Achiet and Bihucourt were not finally secured by the British until 17 March. During the fighting Private C A Cox brought in the wounded not only of his own battalion but also of the adjoining 12th Battalion Middlesex Regiment.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery and continuous devotion to duty when acting as a stretcher-bearer.

During the attack of his battalion the front wave was checked by the severity of the enemy artillery and machine gun fire, and the whole line had to take cover in shell holes to avoid annihilation.

Pte. Cox, utterly regardless of personal safety, went out over fire-swept ground, and singlehanded rescued four men.

Having collected the wounded of his own battalion, he then assisted to bring in the wounded of an adjoining battalion. On the two subsequent days he carried out similar rescue work with the same disregard of his own safety.

He has on all occasions displayed the same high example of unselfishness and valour.
 

Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 11 May 1917. 11 May 1917, Numb. 30064, pp. 4587-88

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