This site commemorates the men and women of Collingham, Linton and Micklethwaite who served during World War 1.
Cox, Leonard Walter
(1884-1967)

Rank and Unit at End of World War One

Rank Corporal

Service Number M2/103724

Service Army

Battalion

Regiment Royal Army Service Corps

Buried St.Oswald's Churchyard, Collingham

Pre-war Occupation*/marital status**

Trade or Occupation pre-war: Pawnbroker's assistant
Marital status: Single


* Taken from attestation papers or 1911 census
** Marital status on enlistment or at start of war
Connection with Collingham, Linton or Micklethwaite and reason for inclusion on this web site
  • Ex-service man who moved to Collingham, Linton or Micklethwaite after the war

Biography

From his Parish Magazine obituary, we have identified Leonard Walter Cox as a World War 1 serviceman who moved to Collingham after the War :

Collingham Parish Magazine November 1967

MR. LEONARD WALTER COX

Leonard Walter Cox was an old and respected resident in Collingham, having lived in the Parish for some forty years. During the Great War of 1914-1918 he served in the R.A.S.C. (M.T.) in France and Germany. He joined the British Legion in 1921 and during the rest of his life was actively connected with its work, especially in the Collingham and Linton Branch. At the time of his death he was President of the Branch, a position which he had held for some years. He was a keen motoring enthusiast and at one time took a great interest in vintage motor cycles, several of which he owned.

 

Family background

Leonard Walter Cox had been born on the 9th June 1884 in Glasgow. His father, Walter, and mother Minnie, were both from Leeds. Leonard's father died between 1901 and 1911, and in 1911, the family were living in Leeds. Leonard was a pawnbroker's assistant, while his brothers Sydney George (b. 1888 in Leeds) and Reginald Walter (b. 1892 in Huddersfield) were both tailor's cutters and his sister Florence Elizabeth (b. 1889 in Leeds) was a typist.

Service record

Leonard's service record has not survived and so we have not yet identified the exact unit in the RASC with which Leonard served. The lack of a service record also makes it difficult to identify when Leonard served, but here we can use some other records. Leonard's medal index card and medal roll for his campaign medals, as normal, do not include enlistment dates. However awards of the Silver War Badge do include such dates. Leonard was not discharged on health grounds and was not himself awarded a Silver War Badge, but we can look for men awarded a Silver War Badge who had service numbers close to Leonard's and can see if that gives us any information.

Searching for Silver War Badge awardees with service numbers around M2/103724 reveals:

Service numberNameEnlistment DateDischarge DateDischarge reason
M2/103718Pte Walter Broome4/6/191520/7/1917Injury & old wounds
M2/103723Pte Arthur Drummond3/6/19152/5/1918Wounds
M2/103724Pte Leonard Walter Cox?
M2/103726Pte Alfred French3/6/191521/3/1916Sickness
M2/103728Pte John Dick4/6/191514/1/1919Sickness
M2/103733Pte Orlando Smith4/6/19157/3/1918Sickness

It therefore seems certain that Leonard Walter Cox enlisted in the Army around the 3-4th June 1915.

After the war

On the 27th April 1926, Leonard married Brenda Twidale a spinster from Collingham in St. Oswald's Church, Collingham. Leonard was 42 and was living in Leeds, while Brenda was 33, the daughter of Thomas Marrit Twidale a Collingham publican. After their marriage, Leonard and Brenda made their home in Collingham for at least the next 35 years. They lived at 7 Brooklands (1926-1930), 3 Compton Terrace (1932-1934), 4 Garth End (1935-1958) and 8 Garth End (1959-1961). In 1939, at the time of the 1939 registration, Leonard gave his occupation as a manager of a pawnbrokers.

Leonard and Brenda had at least two children, Ronald born in 1928 and Doreen born in 1931.

Leonard died on the 27th September 1967 and is buried in St.Oswald's cemetery, Collingham.


Sources

1911 Census. The National Archives. Class RG14 Piece 27003
The Collingham Parish Magazine Nov 1967
First World War Medal Index Cards. The National Archives (WO372).
First World War Medal Index Rolls. The National Archives (WO329).

If you have any photographs or further details about this person we would be pleased to hear from you. Please contact us via: alan.berry@collinghamanddistrictwararchive.info