Christopher Cox, VC

Christopher Augustus Cox VC (25 December 1889 – 28 April 1959) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross.

Early army career

Cox was married with one son when war was declared but still volunteered in September 1914. He was a private in the 7th Battalion, The Bedfordshire Regiment, British Army. He went to France in July 1915 and spent nearly two years in the trenches, first on the Somme near Albert. He was wounded on the first day of the Somme offensive. He was at Thiepval in September 1916 and participated in the Bihucourt assault in March 1917, which is where he won the Victoria Cross.

Victoria Cross

On 13 March 1917 at Achiet-le-Grand, France, during an attack by the battalion, the front wave was checked by very heavy artillery and machine gun fire and the whole line had to take shelter in shell holes. Cox, a stretcher-bearer, went out over fire-swept ground and single-handedly rescued four men. Having collected the wounded of his own battalion he then helped to bring in the wounded of the adjoining battalion. On two subsequent days he carried out similar work with complete disregard for his own safety.

Injury and discharge

He sustained serious wounds to his foot in an attack on the village of Cherisy on 3 May 1917 which resulted in him being sent back to England.

His family expanded to 8 children and 14 grandchildren. He died on 28 April 1959 at age 69. His Victoria Cross is currently on display at the Imperial War Museum, London, England.

Memorial celebration in 2007

On 9 September 2007 Kings Langley village celebrated Christopher Augustus Cox’s life and brave deeds in a village ceremony. The Marie of Achiet le Grand, his deputy, their wives and other French dignitaries were welcomed to Kings Langley and The High Street was closed to traffic to allow a marching piping band, standard bearers, ex service men and women, local dignitaries and members of the Cox family to parade from the Kings Langley Methodist Church along the High Street to All Saints Parish Church for a memorial service. The Last Post by bugle was played within the Church and by his grave. The congregation then moved to the community center, where artifacts relating to Christopher Cox’s Life were on display.

Christopher Cox, VC Address By Alex McGregor, September 2007.