Ystalyfera Fallen

War Graves & Remembrance Graves

David Cox

This is the memorial page for David Cox, native of Ystalyfera, killed during the First World War.

The information on David Cox comes principally from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, from the Labour Voice newspaper, and the Parish Burial Register (courtesy of the Swansea Archives).

NameDavid Mark Cox
Date of Death24th February 1918
Place of Death
Age at Death20
Unit and RegimentWelsh Guards; 1st Battalion
Service Number869
Additional Information10 Chemical Row Godre'rgraig. Killed by Rifle Grenade
Remembrance Grave  Originally erected by parents in Holy Trinity Church - Godre'rgraig (Church was demolished in 1989.)
Whereabouts of Memorial UNKNOWN inscription: 'Killed in Action Feb. 24th 1918. Buried at Fampoux Arras Let their perpetual light shine upon him' 
Local MemorialsYstalyfera War Memorial
Family DetailsSon of George Edward (Born Gloucestershire 1868) Tin Mill Engine Driver and Annie Cox (Born Swansea 1867) of 6, Chemical Row, Godre'rgraig, Swansea. (Married 1894)
Father buried 22/12/1925 in Holy Trinity Churchyard. (Grave location unknown)
Mother possibly buried Alltygrug Cemetery 1949
Known Brothers
Known SistersHarriet Ann (Born Ystalyfera 1894) Baptised in Holy Trinity Church 18/09/1894 Tin Works Plate Opener
Emily Jane (Born Ystalyfera 1896) Baptised Holy Trinity Church 04/08/1896 Tin Works Plate Opener
Mary Elizabeth (Born 1902) Baptised in Holy Trinity Church 21/01/1902
Rebecca Louisa (Born 1906) Baptised in Holy Trinity Church 22/10/1907

From the Cambrian Daily Leader newspaper, 2nd March 1918 :-

Mr and Mrs George Cox of Ystalyfera have received official intimation that their son, Private David Cox, of the Welsh Guards, has been killed in action by a rifle grenade. Private Cox was 20 years of age

From the Labour Voice newspaper, 15th May 1920 :-

On thursday next a marble tablet installed at Holy Trinity Church to the memory of Pte David Cox, Godre'rgraig, will be dedicated by he Rev Griffith Thomas BA, vicar of Morriston. The service will commence at 7pm and a hearty invitation is extended to all local 'comrades in arms'.

From the Labour Voice newspaper, 29th May 1920 :-

On Thursday evening of last week there was a large congregation at Holy Trinity Church consisting chiefly of relatives and friends of the family of Mr. and Mrs. Cox, Chemical Row Godre'rgraig, the occasion being the unveiling and dedication of a memorial tablet to the late Pte. David Cox, who fell in action. The service, which was fully choral was intoned by the Rev. Oliver Davies, and after the third collect the vicar unveiled the tablet and the Rev. Griffith Thomas, Vicar of Morriston, dedicated it. The Vicar of Morriston also preached an eloquent and impressive sermon. The Boy Scouts 1st and 8th Swansea Valley Troops attended the service and sounded the last post and reveille.

Cox: In loving memory of Pte. David Cox, only son of George and Annie Cox, Chemical Row, killed in France on his 20th birthday, February 24th, 1918.

We have lost Heaven has gained
One of the best the world contained.
Let the perpetual light shine upon him, 0, Lord,

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