COX, Cecil Ernest Robert

Rank: 
Corporal
Unit/Base: 
Police Intake: 
Yes
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Armoured Corps
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
14241734
Died : 
Wednesday, March 22, 1944
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
24
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Roll of Honour: 

Cpl Cox, 1 troop,  died of wounds he received during a raid on the village of Grohote in the island of Solta.

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."

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.
Source:  The IWM interview with Herbert John Morris.
 
nb. 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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