A. J. Fox.
|Photo of his grave at Bluntisham.|
He is remembered on the Bluntisham War Memorial as A. Fox and
his grave is in the church yard opposite this memorial. It has a very well
kept Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone.
Local newspaper entries:-
33593 Archie Jim Fox, 3rd Battalion Essex Regiment 16th
February 1917 aged 22 years, son of Betsy and the late James Fox.
Thursday, February 15th, the news reached his friends at Bluntisham
that Archie J. Fox., of the Essex Regiment, was seriously ill in hospital at his
station. He had contracted a bad
cold, which had rapidly developed into a serious attack of pneumonia, and later
in the day came the sad news that he had passed away [exactly one month from the
date of his joining up]. The
military authorities kindly undertook to send his body to Bluntisham for
internment, and under an escort of an N.C.O. it reached the village on the
Tuesday following his death. The
burial took place on Wednesday last week, and partook of a military character,
the coffin being covered by a union jack. A
detachment of the local volunteers under the command of Captain C. J. Godfrey,
preceded the coffin, with reversed arms. The
Parish Council, headed by its chairman, Mr. A. D. Godfrey, followed next, with a
number of young men representing the local branch of the Society of Friends.
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