Bombardier Cox enlisted with the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force on 26 March 1916 as a Gunner in 59th Battery, 15th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery. He enlisted with 7 other members of the Canadian Bank of Commerce in Winnipeg and was appointed Provisional Bombardier on 1 June 1916. They trained together and embarked from Halifax on 11 September 1916. He reverted to the rank of Gunner at his own request in September and re-promoted Bombardier in December. On 22 January 1917, 15th Brigade was dissolved and Gunner Cox was taken on strength with 60th Battery, 14th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery.
Bombardier Cox returned from the war in 1919, emigrated to the United States and didn't speak much about his experiences. It was only after his death that his family found the letters that he had kept and the ones that he had sent. We'll present that story over the next couple of weeks. We'll also track down the other seven soldiers from the Canadian Bank of Commerce. Watch this page!.
Members of the staff of the Canadian Bank of Commerce in the 59th Overseas Battery. 15th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery - Winnipeg - May 1916
L to R Back Row: J. McEachern, Alexander McLennan, Tanner, Lorne Corneil McCallum.
L to R Front Row: Donald James Moorman, Bertram Howard Cox, Andrew Rutherford Hewat, Bill Baillie