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Private Frank Cox
The Royal Marine Light Infantry
Frank, who was born in Glastonbury, enlisted as a Royal Marine (Royal Marine Light Infantry) in Bristol on 18 November 1914, at the age of 20, having previously been employed as a farm labourer.
He joined the Plymouth Division but was then deployed to the Dardanelles and was wounded in action at Gallipoli on 15 September 1915, suffering bullet wounds to the back and chest.
Private Cox’s great nephew, Gerald Cox, and his wife Carol provide further information:
Frank went on to marry Elsie, the young nurse who had cared for him. Their wedding took place at Holy Trinity, Richmond, on 15 July 1925.
After their marriage, Frank and Elsie settled into their new home at Sir Oswald Stoll Mansions, near Chelsea Football Club. Sir Oswald Stoll was a theatrical impresario who set up his own Foundation, still in existence today, so that he could provide comfortable and inexpensive homes, with in-house welfare and medical care, if required,for servicemen injured in the First World War and their families.
Frank born in Glastonbury Somerset 1894, one of twelve children. He worked as a gardener in 1911 and then enlisted at the age of 20. He married Elsie Wright in 1925 and died in 1970, aged 75.