Henry Fox, 19001917 (aged 17 years)

Name
Henry /Fox/
Given names
Henry
Nickname
Harry
Surname
Fox
Birth 1900 43 36
Military
World War I
February 14, 1916 (aged 16 years)

Note: Henry enlisted in the 2nd Battalion as 'Harry' Fox…

Henry enlisted in the 2nd Battalion as 'Harry' Fox on 14 Feb 1916. He was 18 years and 3 months and his occupation was a farm labourer. His enlistment papers record that he was born at Harden and his next of kin was his father Thomas Fox of 2 Golden Grove Street Redfern/Darlington. He was educated at Technical High School, Ultimo, New South Wales. He has served in the school cadets, and his rank on enlistment was Private, 13th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement.

He embarked with his Unit from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 9 April 1916. His Unit from the Nominal Roll was the 2nd Battalion.

Harry embarked in the ship 'Victoria', landed at Folkestone England and was from there sent with his battalion to the Western Front, France on 12 Feb 1917. He was taken to hospital sick on 9 Mar 1917 and was killed in action in France on 4 May 1917. He was aged 16. He received the British War Medal, Victory Medal.

The following correspondence was sent between Harry's father and the military:

'Thomas Fox Hillingdon House 2 Golden Grove Redfern 11/3/1918 To Major J. M. Lean Dear Sir I wish most respectfully to ask if you can give me any more particulars about my boy (sic) death as it is very hard not to be able to know how he met his end. As (sic) I assure you it will be of great interest to both his Mother and Myself. Trusting you might be able to comply with my wish. I remain your (sic) faithfully Thomas Fox.

'20 March 1918 Mr T. Fox Hillingdon House 2 Golden Grove Street Redfern N.S.W. Dear Sir In reply to your communication of 11th inst., with reference to the report of the regrettable loss of your son, the late No. 5494 Private H. Fox, 2nd Battalion, I can only repeat no information has been received other than that already transmitted to you, to the effect that he was killed in action in France on 4/5/17. No report of burial has yet been received, but any later official advice coming to hand will be promptly forwarded to you. Yours faithfully Major Officer i/c Base Records.

'14 January 1938 The Commissioner, Imperial War Graves Commission Department of Defence St. Kilda-rd., Melbourne. VIC. Dear Sir, I should like to know, if possible, the exact location of a grave of an Australian Soldier in France. The particulars are as follows: Signaller Harry Fox, No 5494, 2nd Battalion, Ist Division, A.I.F. Killed at Bullecourt, on the 4th May, 1917. Trusting the above particulars are sufficient for your purposes of identification and hoping to receive a reply from you at the earliest possible convenience as relatives are leaving for Europe at an early date. Yours faithfully, W. Ross Alexander.

"W. Ross Alexander Esq., The Royal Agricultural Society of N.S.W. Box 4317 YY, G.P.O., SYDNEY, N.S.W. Dear Sir, I have to acknowledge receipt of your communication of 14th. January, 1938, addressed to the Commissioner, Imperial War Graves Commission, enquiring the burial location of the late No. 5494 Private Harry Fox, 2nd. Battalion, A.I.F., and in reply to report for information of the deceased's relatives that despite the most searching investigation the Imperial War Graves Commission have not been successful in recovering the remains of this soldier; and, in common with those of other of his comrades who fell in France and have no known graves, his name will be inscribed on the National Memorial to the Missing now in course of erection at Villers-Bretonneux, Department of the Somme. Yours faithfully (T. Robinson) Officer i/c Base Records.

Harry's parents received a memorial scroll and a victory medal and 3 note books.

Death May 4, 1917 (aged 17 years)
Cause of death: Killed in action
Burial
Cemetery: Australian National Memorial
Note: Harry has no known grave. His life is commemorated…

Harry has no known grave. His life is commemorated at the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France.

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Family with parents
father
18571941
Birth: 1857Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
Death: March 6, 1941Coogee, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
mother
18631934
Birth: January 23, 1863 34 20Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 13, 1934Coogee, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: July 6, 1892Murrumburrah, South West Slopes, New South Wales, Australia
10 months
elder sister
18931969
Birth: May 9, 1893 36 30Murrumburrah, South West Slopes, New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 14, 1969Coonabarabran, Central Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
elder brother
18951904
Birth: 1895 38 31Murrumburrah, South West Slopes, New South Wales, Australia
Death: March 14, 1904Murrumburrah, South West Slopes, New South Wales, Australia
6 years
himself
19001917
Birth: 1900 43 36Murrumburrah, South West Slopes, New South Wales, Australia
Death: May 4, 1917Bullecourt, Normandy, France
brother
younger sister
19051957
Birth: December 24, 1905 48 42Murrumburrah, South West Slopes, New South Wales, Australia
Death: February 3, 1957Chatswood, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Mother’s family with John Sharp
step-father
18551889
Birth: May 23, 1855Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: November 26, 1889Young, South West Slopes, New South Wales, Australia
mother
18631934
Birth: January 23, 1863 34 20Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 13, 1934Coogee, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: May 3, 1880Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
4 years
half-brother
18841948
Birth: February 7, 1884 28 21New South Wales, Australia
Death: March 14, 1948New South Wales, Australia
23 months
half-sister
1885
Birth: 1885 29 21Murrumburrah, South West Slopes, New South Wales, Australia
Death: New South Wales, Australia
3 years
half-brother
18881958
Birth: January 16, 1888 32 24Harden, South West Slopes, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 12, 1958New South Wales, Australia
Military

Henry enlisted in the 2nd Battalion as 'Harry' Fox on 14 Feb 1916. He was 18 years and 3 months and his occupation was a farm labourer. His enlistment papers record that he was born at Harden and his next of kin was his father Thomas Fox of 2 Golden Grove Street Redfern/Darlington. He was educated at Technical High School, Ultimo, New South Wales. He has served in the school cadets, and his rank on enlistment was Private, 13th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement.

He embarked with his Unit from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 9 April 1916. His Unit from the Nominal Roll was the 2nd Battalion.

Harry embarked in the ship 'Victoria', landed at Folkestone England and was from there sent with his battalion to the Western Front, France on 12 Feb 1917. He was taken to hospital sick on 9 Mar 1917 and was killed in action in France on 4 May 1917. He was aged 16. He received the British War Medal, Victory Medal.

The following correspondence was sent between Harry's father and the military:

'Thomas Fox Hillingdon House 2 Golden Grove Redfern 11/3/1918 To Major J. M. Lean Dear Sir I wish most respectfully to ask if you can give me any more particulars about my boy (sic) death as it is very hard not to be able to know how he met his end. As (sic) I assure you it will be of great interest to both his Mother and Myself. Trusting you might be able to comply with my wish. I remain your (sic) faithfully Thomas Fox.

'20 March 1918 Mr T. Fox Hillingdon House 2 Golden Grove Street Redfern N.S.W. Dear Sir In reply to your communication of 11th inst., with reference to the report of the regrettable loss of your son, the late No. 5494 Private H. Fox, 2nd Battalion, I can only repeat no information has been received other than that already transmitted to you, to the effect that he was killed in action in France on 4/5/17. No report of burial has yet been received, but any later official advice coming to hand will be promptly forwarded to you. Yours faithfully Major Officer i/c Base Records.

'14 January 1938 The Commissioner, Imperial War Graves Commission Department of Defence St. Kilda-rd., Melbourne. VIC. Dear Sir, I should like to know, if possible, the exact location of a grave of an Australian Soldier in France. The particulars are as follows: Signaller Harry Fox, No 5494, 2nd Battalion, Ist Division, A.I.F. Killed at Bullecourt, on the 4th May, 1917. Trusting the above particulars are sufficient for your purposes of identification and hoping to receive a reply from you at the earliest possible convenience as relatives are leaving for Europe at an early date. Yours faithfully, W. Ross Alexander.

"W. Ross Alexander Esq., The Royal Agricultural Society of N.S.W. Box 4317 YY, G.P.O., SYDNEY, N.S.W. Dear Sir, I have to acknowledge receipt of your communication of 14th. January, 1938, addressed to the Commissioner, Imperial War Graves Commission, enquiring the burial location of the late No. 5494 Private Harry Fox, 2nd. Battalion, A.I.F., and in reply to report for information of the deceased's relatives that despite the most searching investigation the Imperial War Graves Commission have not been successful in recovering the remains of this soldier; and, in common with those of other of his comrades who fell in France and have no known graves, his name will be inscribed on the National Memorial to the Missing now in course of erection at Villers-Bretonneux, Department of the Somme. Yours faithfully (T. Robinson) Officer i/c Base Records.

Harry's parents received a memorial scroll and a victory medal and 3 note books.

Burial

Harry has no known grave. His life is commemorated at the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France.

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.