The Collection of Medals to Great War Casualties formed by Tim Parsons

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Date of Auction: 2nd April 2004

Sold for £360

Estimate: £350 - £400

Four: Private C. J. Cox, York & Lancaster Regiment, who was killed in action at Ypres on 23 April 1915

1914-15 Star
(4356 Pte., York & Lanc. R.); British War and Victory Medals (4356 Pte., York & Lanc. R.); Army L.S. & G.C., G.V.R., 1st issue (4356 Pte., York & Lanc. Regt.), with related Memorial Plaque (Charles John Cox), number on the last officially corrected, nearly extremely fine (5) £350-400


Charles John Cox, who was born at Gosbeck, Ipswich and enlisted at Norwich, was killed in action on 23 April 1915, while serving in the 1st Battalion, York & Lancaster Regiment.

On that date, amidst a hail of machine-gun and Mauser fire, the Battalion went “over the top” and advanced on a 500 yard front: no less than 425 men became casualties, including the C.O., Lieutenant-Colonel Burt.

Cox is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres; photographs of the relevant panel are included.