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Robert George Cox (Service no. 6/1023) was a First World War soldier with links to Marshland, Christchurch.

Robert George Collinson Cox Robert, son of George and Sophia Cox of Marshland, worked as a labourer before enlisting in the army at the age of 25 years.

He was described at his medical as being 5 foot, 5 inches tall, and 148 lbs, with grey eyes, a fair complexion, and auburn hair.

Robert spent 3 months training in New Zealand before he embarked on 15 October 1914 to Egypt with his Canterbury Regiment. He left Egypt with his unit for the Dardanelles and was wounded in action. He was taken by ship (HMT Royal George) to St Andrews Hospital in Malta. His recovery took over 5 months. He re-joined his unit on 23 October 1915, but had to return to hospital for another two months recovery.

Christmas Eve, 1915 saw him re-join his unit and then return to Egypt. His next posting was to France where he was killed in action on 28 September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. His final resting place is at London Cemetery and Extension of Longueval, Somme, France.

His mother received his medals, being next of kin. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, and Victory Medal.

Robert is remembered on the Marshland Memorial Gate, as well as on the Marshland School Roll of Honour as he was an ex-pupil. He also had his name engraved on a marble tablet for those soldiers that had made the extreme sacrifice.

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Robert George Cox


First Names:Robert George
Last Name:Cox
Place of Birth:28 February 1889