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 James Francis Fox was born in Leyton, East London on 3rd November 1888. His parents were Francis James William and Maria Fox. He was baptised on 25th November 1888 at All Saints, Leyton. From the age of two, Hector was living with his uncle Alfred Burkin, a biscuit baker, and his cousin Maria Shaw in Shadwell, East London. His parents cannot be found in the censuses and so it is possible that Hector was an orphan.

By the time of the 1911 census, Alfred, Hector and Maria had moved to 14 Etchingham Park Road in Finchley. His uncle is still a baker and Hector himself is now a clerk in a wholesale stationers. On 26th June 1915, Hector married Edith Helen Dark (1889-1955) at St Paul's Finchley. In 1901 Edith was living in East Finchley and ten years later she was working as a domestic servant at 44 Dorset Street, Marylebone. Hector and Edith had a son, Eric (1916-1968).

On 10th December 1915, Hector enlisted with the East Surrey Regiment. He gave his address as 77 Etchingham Park Road. He died of wounds near Arras in the Pas-de-Calais region of France and was buried in the cemetery which served the 8th Casualty Clearing Station. It opened in March 1917 and most of the graves relate to the battle of Arras in April and May 1917 and the trench warfare that followed.

Hector's estate was valued at £301 17s 6d which was bequeathed to his widow.