Att 3 Div Cyclists Corps
REPORT OF SON KILLED LEADS FATHER TO ENLIST.
On Thursday morning (22nd April) Mr and Mrs C Fox of the Causeway
received information that their son, Victor, of the Wiltshire regiment had
been killed at the front. The news has not been confirmed by the War
Office but was, the parents state, conveyed to them by a comrade, and the
father in order, as he puts it, to avenge his sons death went at once
joined Kitchenerís Army.
L/Cpl Fox had proved himself a plucky lad. He was formerly with his
father in the bill posting business and enlisted in the Gloucester
Regiment and also the Somersetís, but was bought out. When war broke out
he again joined the Army and has been in France for some time.
Mr and Mrs Fox have another son who is a prisoner in Germany and this
morningís post brought a letter from him in which he appeals to his
parents to send food, in particular white bread.
Wilts Times 23 April 1915
L/Cpl Fox was the second soldier from 1 Wilts to be executed during the
War. Unlike the previous victim (in 1914 aged 33) Fox was a young man of
20 attached to 3 Division Cyclists Company when he deserted. He was tried
during April 1915 and executed at Dickebusch on the 20th April 1915. L/Cpl
Fox came from Chippenham and was buried at Dickebusch New Military
Cemetery, Belgium. His grave carries the inscription "In loving
memory of our dearly beloved Son. Gone but not forgotten". Fox is
also commemorated in Chippenham on the Parish Church Roll of Honour and on
the town War Memorial, suggesting that his parents were not told the true
circumstances surrounding their sonís death. At the time however, the
official army policy was to inform relatives of the true cause of death,
and also to specify the offence.
8992 L/Cpl JSV Fox aged 20 executed for desertion on 20 April 1915. 1
Wilts attached to 3 Div Cycle Co. Fox was a regular soldier.
Shot at Dawn by Julian Putowski and Julian Sykes
Both Fox's father and brother survived the war.