COX, Cecil Ernest Robert

Royal Armoured Corps
Police Intake: 
Metropolitan Police
Service numbers: 
Died : 
Wednesday, March 22, 1944
Killed in action or died of wounds

Corporal Cecil Cox, 1 troop, died on the 22nd March 1944 of wounds received on the 18/19 March 1944 during a raid on the village of Grohote in the island of Solta [1+2].

The No 2 Commando War Diary dated 23rd March 1944 states "Cpl. Cox, wounded in the Solta raid and who died of his wounds the previous evening, was buried in the British Naval Cemetery, Vis." [2].

In a post war recording held at the Imperial War Museum, Signalman Herbert John 'Johnny' Morris No 2 Commando 1 troop, describes the incident leading to the fatal wounding. Sig. Morris stated that a group of Germans had raised a white flag of surrender.  Cox, described as one of the Police Intakes,  stood up and the enemy immediately opened fire with a Spandau. The Commandos then engaged and killed the enemy. Treated by the Medical Officer, Captain McWilliams,  the wounded Cox was taken back to Vis, but died of his wounds and was buried in the Naval Cemetery [3].

Extract from the West Sussex County Times - Friday 14 April 1944

"Horsham Commando Dies In Italy :- Corporal C. E R. Cox, only son of Mrs A. J. Cox and the late Mr. Ernest Cox of 36. Cambridge Road. Horsham has died of wounds in Italy. Corporal Cox, who was 25, died on March 22nd. He was a Commando. A keen athlete, he was at Colyers School from 1930 to 1935. After leaving be worked for three years in the local police force and then joined the Metropolitan Police Force." [4].
[1] CWGC
[2] No 2 Commando War Diary
[3] The IWM interview with Herbert John Morris.
[4] West Sussex County Times
[4] British Newspaper Archive (website; The British Library Board.
There is a 1 troop photo from 1942 in our gallery which includes a Pte Cox.  We are uncertain at this time if this man is in fact Cecil Cox 2 years before his death.
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