The emotive Great War Battle of the Somme Capture of Thiepval 26th September 1916 Military Medal and August 1918 casualty group awarded to Lance Corporal later Sergeant H.E.M. Cox, 12th Service Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, later 2nd Battalion, London Regiment - Royal Fusiliers, who won his Military Medal along with two other men when his battalion advanced to capture Thiepval on 26th September 1916, when they “showed great bravery and resource in attacking and clearing a German bombing and snipers’ post, and afterwards in holding it themselve

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The emotive Great War Battle of the Somme Capture of Thiepval 26th September 1916 Military Medal and August 1918 casualty group awarded to Lance Corporal later Sergeant H.E.M. Cox, 12th Service Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, later 2nd Battalion, London Regiment - Royal Fusiliers, who won his Military Medal along with two other men when his battalion advanced to capture Thiepval on 26th September 1916, when they “showed great bravery and resource in attacking and clearing a German bombing and snipers’ post, and afterwards in holding it themselves until reinforcements were brought up”. Having transferred to the 2nd London’s, Cox was killed in action on 2nd August 1918.

Group of 3: Military Medal, GVR bust; (S-7466 L.CPL H.E.M. COX. 12/MIDDX:R.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (7466 SJT. H.E.M. COX. MIDD’X R.); Memorial Plaque, named to; (HENRY EDWARD MILLARD COX)

Condition: Nearly Extremely Fine.

Henry Edward Millard Cox was born in Woodford Green, Middlesex, where he lived, but with the outbreak of the Great War, then enlisted into the British Army at Camberwell, and joined as a Private (No.S-7466) the 12th Service Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, and was then present out on the Western Front.

Cox was serving as a Lance Corporal when he was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field in the London Gazette for 21st December 1916, which indicates an award won during the Battle of the Somme in September and October 1916. The regimental history notes that he won it at the capture of Thiepval on 26th September 1916.

On 26th September 1916 the 12th Middlesex attacked Thiepval with the rest of 18th (Eastern) Division. Advancing under a creeping barrage, they fought their way up the heights and through the village only to be held by machine gun fire from the ruins of an old chateau. Two hours later, a tank moved forward and fired into the German entrenchments, before breaking down. A trench mortar was then brought forward to continue the work. After vicious hand-to-hand fighting the British gained control of most of Thiepval.

Cox was one of three men awarded the Military Medal for the same act - the regimental history reads: ‘Lance Corporals D. Driscoll and H. Cox and Private T. Fairweather “showed great bravery and resource in attacking and clearing a German bombing and snipers’ post, and afterwards in holding it themselves until reinforcements were brought up”’.

Cox’s battalion was disbanded in France on 13th February 1918, and he then transferred as a Sergeant (No.95421) to the 2nd Battalion, London Regiment - the Royal Fusiliers, and was killed in action on 2nd August 1918, being buried in Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension.