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  • Brass memorial plaque commemorating Frank Herbert Fox and his brother Frederick Donald Fox in St John the Baptist Church, Beeston. (WMA 27233)
Photo courtesy of Peter Gillings
Person Details
Beeston
Frederick Donald Fox was born in Beeston in 1897 and was the son of Frederick Isaac and Kate Fox née Earp , of 21, Park Valley, Nottingham. His father was the Deputy City Treasurer, Nottingham Corporation. His father Frederick Isaac was born in 1864 in Nottingham and his mother Kate Earp was born in 1863 in Nottingham. They were married in 1895 their marriage was recorded in the Basford Registration District , they had a further son Frederick Herbert born 17th March 1898 also in Beeston In the 1911 census the family are living at Cavendish Place, Beeston and were shown as Frederick Isaac Fox 47 yrs an accountant working for the city council, he is living with his wife Kate and their two sons Frederick Donald 14 yrs a scholar and Frank Herbert 13 yrs a scholar, also at the address is a servant 22 year old Lilly Wilbraham.
He was a Sunday School teacher at the church of St John the Baptist. He was a member of University College Nottingham OTC.
05 Nov 1916
20
749854 - CWGC Website
Second Lieutenant
19th att. 17th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Second Lieutenant Frederick Donald Fox, 17th Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment (Welbeck Rangers), was killed in action on 5th November 1916 on the Somme . His name is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
Nottingham Corporation, minutes of council meeting 1 January 1917: Expressions of sympathy to the relatives of... and Second Lieutenant FD Fox (son of the Deputy City Treasurer), all of whom were killed on active service. A faculty dated 15 August 1917 gave permission for the memorial to FD Fox to be installed in St John's church; permission was given for a memorial brass to his younger son following a written request by FJ Fox dated 12 November 1918 (WMA 27233): 'To the dear memory of Frederick Donald Fox, Second Lieutenant 17th Sherwood Foresters, killed in action on the Somme near Theipval, on the 5th November 1916. Aged 20 years. To the dear memory of Frank Herbert Fox, Second Lieutenant Bedfordshire Regt, killed in action at Achiet-le-Petit and buried in the cemetery there 23rd August 1918. Aged 20 years. 'They were the delight of our eyes and a glorious fragrance clings around our memories of them. The Lord giveth and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.' He and his brother, Frank Herbert, are commemorated on a memorial in St John the Baptist church to four Sunday School teachers who died in the war (WMA27236). Death notice published 10th November 1916 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “FOX. – Killed in action, on the 6th inst., [sic] Frederick Donald Fox, 2nd Lieut. Sherwood Foresters, elder son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred J. Fox, of Beeston, Notts.” Landing in France on 16th September 1916, he was killed as the battalion was being relieved by 13th Battalion Royal Sussex, as a fellow officer wrote to his parents: “Lieut. Fox was killed on 5 Nov., while leading his platoon out of the trenches. He was struck by a shell, and died at once. I was with him just before his death, and we had shared the same corner of the dug-out, and he was a most charming companion. He was one of the best officers I had, quite fearless and always ready to undertake any kind of work, and he will be greatly missed by the officers and men.” Above is courtesy of De Ruvigny Roll of Honour and from Jim Grundys facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918. His brother, 2nd Lieut Frank Herbert Fox, Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action at Achiet-le-Petit 23 August 1918, age 20, and buried in the Achiet-le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension.
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  • Brass memorial plaque commemorating Frank Herbert Fox and his brother Frederick Donald Fox in St John the Baptist Church, Beeston. (WMA 27233)
Photo courtesy of Peter Gillings
    Frederick Donald Fox - Brass memorial plaque commemorating Frank Herbert Fox and his brother Frederick Donald Fox in St John the Baptist Church, Beeston. (WMA 27233) Photo courtesy of Peter Gillings