Fox, Peter

Peter Fox was born in Flint on 27th December, 1881 and baptised on 28th January, 1882 at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Flint He was the youngest of six children to John Fox and Maria (Durnine).

Peter grew up at 10, Swan Street, where the family had lived for many years, and at the age of 20 he was employed as a navvy. Then tragedy was to befall the Fox family in two short years. Their mother died at her home on 13th February, 1902, aged 63, and was buried in the Northop Road Cemetery. She was born in Dublin, Ireland and had been blind from about 1887.

Then on 9th August, 1904, also at his home, their father died, aged 64, and was buried with his wife. He was a labourer at the chemical works.

In the 1911 census Peter was a lodger at the home of a Mr and Mrs Murray of 39, Sydney Street, Flint and he was employed as a labourer and unmarried.

The 14th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers Embarkation Roll for 1st December, 1915 states that Private Fox was resident at 10, Albert Place, Llanrwst, Denbighshire, but his death report in the Flintshire County Herald gave his address as 35, Mumforth Street, Flint, the home of a Mrs Welsh, whereas his death certificate stated 72, Henry Street, Manchester.

He enlisted in Flint and landed in France in December, 1915; he was reported wounded in August, 1916.

He died on 16th July, 1917 at Highfield Military Hospital, Knotty Ash, Liverpool (now Broad Green Hospital), due to a shrapnel wound to the right lung that caused an abscess.

The funeral was of a military character and several soldiers who had taken part in the battles with him attended and floral tributes were placed on the grave. His obituary stated that before his enlistment he was employed at the Hawarden Bridge Ironworks, Shotton.

He is buried in an unmarked grave in Anfield Cemetery, Liverpool (Section 5 [Roman Catholic], Grave 1797).

He is remembered on two war memorials: Anfield Cemetery, Liverpool, on the Screen Wall (North) and St Mary’s Catholic Church, Flint.

He was awarded the 1914–15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Learn more about the other soldiers on the Flint Memorial

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