Hector James Francis Fox

Rank Private
Service No 202948
Date of Death 03/08/1917
Age 28
Regiment/Service East Surrey Regiment 7th Battalion
Cemetery Duisans British Cemetery, which is located some 9 kilomteres west of Arras, France


Hector was born on 3rd November 1888 at Leyton, East London and baptised on 25th November 1888 in All Saints, Leyton. His parents were Francis James William (b.1863) and Maria Fox, nee Collins (b.1865), and he had one sibling: Sidney Joseph Henry who was born on 4th December 1889.

At the time of the 1891 Census, Hector is recorded as visiting his uncle, Alfred Burkin, who was aged 50 and living at 15 Arbour Square, Mile End Old Town, east London. At the time of the 1901 Census, Hector was living with his uncle Alfred Burkin, aged 60, and Maria Shaw, his 42 year old niece, in Shadwell, east London. By 1911, he was living 14 Etchingham Park Road, Finchley, with his uncle and niece but now with the addition of a housekeeper and an 88 year old widow as a boarder. His uncle’s occupation is listed as an employer with his firm being a Steamship Biscuit Baker. Hector was employed as a clerk in a wholesale stationers.

Hector married Edith Helen Dark (1889-1955) on 26th June 1915 in St Paul’s Finchley. At the time of the 1901 Census, Edith lived in East Finchley and in 1911 she was employed as a domestic servant in 44 Dorset Street, Marylebone. They had one son: Eric Fox (1916-1968).

Hector enlisted on 10th December 1915, while living at 77 Etchingham Park Road, Finchley. He died of wounds at the 19th Casualty Clearing Station and left £301 17s 5d to his widow. 

At foot of his headstone are the following words: “Jesus said ‘Come to me’. This includes me.”