680537 DVR. E. G. FOX.  R.F.A.

 

Ernest Guy Fox was born in September 1892 in Fulwood and was baptised at Fulwood Christ Church on 22 September.  His father was John Fox (b. 1864 in Dolphinholme), a domestic gardener.  His mother was Mary Fox (Fox appears to be her maiden name) (b. 1865 in Lydbury North, Shropshire).  John and Mary were married in Lancaster in 1889 but moved soon after to Preston.  They had five children but only two survived: Margaret (b. 1890) and Ernest.  By 1901 they had moved to Penwortham Priory and they were still there in 1911.  Ernest was apprenticed to be a printer.

 

Ernest would have been in the Territorials before the War and when he signed up he was first assigned service number 2020, which was later changed to 680573.  He was posted to “A” Battery in 276th Brigade.  He landed with his Division in France on 30 September 1915.

 

In June 1917 276Bde were engaged in the defence of Ypres and Ernest died of wounds at 46th Casualty Clearing Station on 11 June 1917.  He was 24 years old.

 

Rank:  Driver

Service No:  680537

Date of Death:  11/06/1917

Age:  24

Regiment/Service:  Royal Field Artillery, “A” Bty, 276 Bde.

Cemetery/memorial reference: II. D. 38.

Cemetery/Memorial:  MENDINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY

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