George Cox was the son of a building worker and worked for the Chelmsford bakers Messrs. W. & O. Budd. Early in the war he joined the army, and in 1940 married, going on to have two children. He was killed in action in Normandy, France in August 1944. His home was in Eastern Crescent, Chelmsford.
George was born in the Chelmsford registration district in 1917, the son of Harry Cox (1883-1943), Annie Eliza Cox (nee Ball) (1877-1951). The couple had married at Christ Church in Notting Hill, London on Christmas Day 1913. At that time George's father was a 30 year-old labourer resident at Bell Street in Great Baddow. His bride was six years older, a dressmaker, and lived at 294 Labroke Grove in Notting Hill.
George's father served in the army during the First World War and for many years afterwards worked for the builder Mr. W. J. Wade.
George's siblings were Joshua Cox, Rose Cox, Thomas Cox and Dolly Cox.
George was employed by the Chelmsford bakers Messrs. W. & O. Budd. He joined the Royal Norfolk Regiment at the start of the war and in 1940 married Gertrude Olive Dicks in the Chelmsford registration district. The couple had a son and daughter and made their home at 19 Eastern Crescent in Chelmsford.
In 1943 George's father died at home in Jeffrey Road, Great Baddow.
George COX, Private, 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment
(formerly of the Royal Norfolk Regiment). Killed in Normandy, France. Aged 27
In 1944, shortly before landing in Normandy, George was transferred to serve as Private 5775934 in the 1st Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment.
On 11th August 1944 George was killed in action in France. Today he lies in grave VII. E. 3 in St. Charles De Percy War Cemetery in Calvados, France. He was 27 years old.
George's widow remarried in 1947 and died in 2006.