Frederick Fox

Title in English
Frederick Fox, his two sons and wider family

Description
Frederick Fox was the grandfather of Margaret Usher. He was born in 1867 and died in 1920. He was a whitesmith, making fancy welded gates, finials, etc., but branched out into making armoured fire doors. He patented a trapdoor to fit into woollen mills. He also extended his work to produce base-plates and exhaust manifolds for naval ships and metal floor plating for ships. He was based in Bradford during the war and came under the Ministry of Munitions, Admiralty and War Office. Frederick Fox had 2 sons. Herbert Fox born 1895, joined in May 1916. His father appealed to the Ministry of Munitions to have his son released and returned to work in the engineering works, and by the 3rd July [1916] he was released. He always said he had a safe war compared to life in the trenches. Edgar Fox, born 1899, joined after finishing his apprenticeship. Possibly too young? He joined in 1918 so wasn't in fact under age. He was Private 178455. Edgar was Margaret Usher's father. He found army life and the work routines very strange and alien to his prior experiences. Both sons served in the war. Both joined the family business. Copy book of original letters from Frederick, hand written replies copied by his daughter into the same book, and perhaps maybe a third person after Frederick became ill. The contributor inherited the book from her father. Also copies of letters to a gentleman called Arthur, who possibly worked for Frederick Fox. Jack Price (photographs) is the brother in law of Edgar Fox, who went to the Isle of Wight to recover from a mustard gas attack. The only casualty the family suffered in the war was Earnest William Richard Casburn who died 7th May 1918. W E Price, discharged due to injury (c1917), only able to work light duties. He joined the Police Force and became a Superintendent in Somerset. Edith Jessie Fox (nee Price), worked looking after wounded soldiers in convalescent homes, based in Clifton-on-Dunsmore, Stetchford, and elsewhere, but took some of the photographs at the airfield.

Summary description of items
Copy book of war letters, May 1916 - July 1916. Collection of photographs, including other family members (names on the backs) - Jack Price & others. Collection of photographs, all unknown persons, but all Bradford men. Scanned images on laptop desktop (one set of glass plates to be provided later). Noble cross award for Edith Jessie Fox. Photo album of family members, Price family photographs, including Edith as a nurse. Autograph book belonging to Edith Jessie Fox (nee Price).

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ID
17084
Source
http://europeana1914-1918.eu/...
Number of items
136
Person
Frederick Fox
Language
English
Location
Bradford
Contributor
Margaret Usher
Licence
http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/
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