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H08073 – Sgt. Cox & 2 brothers, 1915

‘Sussex Express 20 July 1917 — Sale of Work’– Richard Attlee, Actor.

Audio transcript at bottom of page


These are three of the six sons of Mrs Emily Cox, the widow of a solicitor’s clerk, who lived at 3 Rusbridge’s Cottages, South Street.  Remarkably, all six sons went to war and all six came back. The seated soldier is Sergeant Major John George Cox, who served in the ‘D’ (Lewes) Company of the 5th (Cinque Ports) Territorial Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment.


Rusbridge’s Cottages were on Rusbridge Lane off South Street.


Sussex Express 20 July 1917

Sale of Work at Lewes

“The annual Sale of Work in aid of the funds of the Lewes Shelter in connections with the Chichester Diocesan Purity Association took place on Wednesday.’


‘The Church Hall was well filled with those anxious to give support to the project and thus, to some extent, the loss entailed by the inauspicious weather conditions was mitigated. Of the attractions provided an exhibition of War Souvenirs provided a fund of interest by reason of the exceptionally large variety of trophies secured from the battlefield, most of which represented the equipment of the Hun. Amongst them were a large variety of helmets, gas masks, shell cases and numerals. Notes of the face value of about 5d were on view and German field glasses. There were also a number of photographs of the officers internment camp at Gütersloh and curios conceived from shell cases. Much interest was centred in decorations conferred on Lewes men, which comprised the French Medaille Militaire won by the late Lieutenant Brian Glover R.F.C. and the D.C.M. won by the same officer. The Military Medal conferred on Lieutenant R.E. Cox of the Sussex Regiment, when he was a Corporal, was also on view. It will be remembered that Lieutenant Cox, whose mother is a widow, is one of six sons serving in the Forces.”