Robert Fox

Rank:Private - Manchester RgtNumber:34620
How Died:Blast or collapsing building
Incident Date:01/04/1916
Incident Address.Baptist Chapel, Alexandra Rd, Cleethorpes
Died Address:Baptist Chapel, Alexandra Rd, Cleethorpes
Cemetery or Memorial:Cleethorpes Cemetery
Town Memorial:Not Listed
Extra Information:
Born during the June quarter 1897 in the Oldham
R.D. - ref: 8d/666, the son of Robert & Mary Fox
(nee McIntyre).

From Oldham Chronicle April 8 1916  Page 7:
Private Fox was 19 years of age, and a piecer at
the Oldham Albion Spinning Co.’s mill, his home
being at 7, South-street, Hollinwood.  He had had
48 hours leave after inoculation, but did not
think it worth while travelling home for that
brief holiday.  If he had done he would have
escaped the fate that has overtaken him.

I am most grateful to Dorothy Bintley for much of
the above information.

At 01.30 hrs during the night of the 31st
March/1st April 1916, a bomb was dropped from
Zeppelin LZ61 onto the Baptist Chapel killing 32
soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, Manchester
Regiment who were billeted there.

On Tuesday, 4th April 1916, 24 men were buried in
the one grave under a Special Memorial erected by
subscription, one (Bodsworth) in another unmarked
grave in this cemetery is also named on the
memorial in Cleethorpes Cemetery, whilst 6 of the
deceased were taken to their home towns by their
relatives.   The Military Funeral was very
impressive. The Massed Bands of the 3rd Bn
Manchester Regiment, 4th Bn Manchester Regiment
and the 3rd Bn Lincolnshire Regiment took part.  
The 24 coffins were carried on eight motor
lorries, draped with the Union Flag and covered
with wreaths.

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