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Bernard Cox enlisted into the 4th (Territorial) Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 9th November 1914 and was given the number 3243. He was 19 years old and had previously been working as a weaver. His younger brother Private Joseph Cox (b. Feb 1897) also served in the Loyal North Lancs and was Mentioned in Dispatches in December 1916.

Side Note: Both brothers were wounded in France in 1917 / early 1918 and returned to the UK.  They were both part of the 4th (Reserve) Battalion that served in Dublin Ireland in 1918 / 19.

Bernard was posted into the 2/4th Battalion and qualified as a scout.

Whilst training in the UK, between 14th February and 31st March 1916 he was in hospital being treated for an old injury to his left knee which caused it to ‘swell up occasionally’. This continued to trouble him throughout the War, and at the time of his discharge in 1919 it was still found to be painful. In December 1916 he was admitted into Blackdown General Hospital with gunpowder burns.

When the new style TF numbers were introduced in January 1917 he was given the number 201004.

On 7th February 1917 Private Bernard Cox embarked for France at Southampton, arriving at Havre the following morning.

On 5th June 1917 Bernard was taken by Field Ambulance to 54th Casualty Clearing Station having sustained a gunshot wound to his back whilst returning from a raid on the German lines. From here he was returned (via Boulogne) to Duston War Hospital in Northampton, England. By August 1917 he was at Park Hall Camp.

In April 1918 he was appointed Lance Corporal (paid) and then that August he was promoted to Corporal to ‘complete the establishment’ of the 4th (Reserve) Battalion in Dublin, Ireland.

The total establishment all ranks of the 4th (Reserve) Battalion was 2085. Shortly after Lt Col A S Bates DSO had taken command in January 1918 the Battalion was sent to Ireland, where it was first under canvas in Phoenix Park, then moved to Wellington Barracks, Dublin

Bernard remained in Dublin until he was demobilized on 14th May 1919. He had recently been appointed Acting Serjeant.

His address at the time of his discharge was 19 Church Terrace, Walton, Preston.

In recognition of his War Service, Bernard received the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and Silver War Badge number B248821.

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One Response to 201004 ASJT. B. COX. L.N.LAN.R

  1. John cox says:

    My father Joseph Cox’s records were all. Burnt in the bombing in the 2nd WW I know he went with his brother Bernard’s party to Dublin because he was met there by a relation who was a Doctor in Dublin at the time.He had also told me that he got his M I D for taking a message back to HQ from the front line when two previous runners had been killed, he said at the time he had done it to get back to HQ to find out about his brother who had been injured in a gunpowder explosion back. In the UK,from Bernard’s records that I have in full, I found this had happened in December 1916. I had his M I D certificate at my mothers until he died but when she moved all his records disapeared.I have searched Ministry of Defence and London Gazette to no avail. At the age of 76 I have not got much time left. My brother served in The Loyals 1953-55 and I served in The 13/18 hussars in Malaya with the Loyals. My Father in law was with them 1927 too 1947 in India at the age of 16 ,Shangh and out of France two weeks after Dunkirk. Right through Italy until demob in 1946.

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