This site commemorates the men and women of Collingham, Linton and Micklethwaite who served during World War 1. Today we especially commemorate Acting Sergeant 57888 Arthur Robinson of the 1st Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment who was born on this day in 1899.
Cox, Leonard Walter

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


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

We have not yet identified the exact unit in the RASC with which Leonard served.

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 in 1967.


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).

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