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Heroes Of Our Time

Pilot Officer

B. L. Fox

(Of Australia)

Pilot

Royal Air Force

11th January 1941 Age 26

 

"Peter" Our Beloved Scout

Gave The Empire His All

With His Radiant Personality

"Poopdeck"

 

More information and images relating to B L Fox below

 

Brancaster(1)

 

 

Basil_Fox

 

 

Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force 224 Sqdn.

 

Grave Reference: Plot C. Row 8. Grave 5.

 

Son of Fred C. Fox and Louisa Fox, of Strathfield, New South Wales, Australia.

 

His parents were both British, his father Fred was born in Lincolnshire and his mother, Louisa (nee Loose) was from Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk. By 1911 his father was living in Australia when his mother left England to join him and they were married in Australia in October 1911.

 

The inscription on the headstone moved me so much that I decided to research more into Basil's history as it was clear that someone loved him dearly.

 

He was born in Granville, New South Wales on 21st August 1914. He joined the RAF and was granted a short service commission on 19th August 1939, being granted the rank of Acting P/O on probation and placed on the active service list for six years. He was then graded as P/O on probation on 4th February 1940 and confirmed as P/O on 26th June 1940.

 

He had an older brother called Geoffrey and younger sister called Jean.

 

His uncle Pte Burton Pennant Loose was killed serving in WW1.

 

Served some time at Bircham Newton a few miles from Brancaster. then posted to RAF Leuchars  in Scotland then on 11th of January 1941 at 01.17hrs  took off in a Hudson N7298 for a night time operational flight.

 

Unfortunately on the way back they lost their way and crashed into high ground on Warren Moor Kirkdale North Yorkshire. Due to the bad weather of that winter they were not found until the 16.30hrs on 12th of January,were found huddled under the Hudson's wing, the four man crew survived the crash, but died later of the wounds and exposure.

 

As usual research brings up lots more questions, so can anyone help me to resolve some of these:-

 

What is the connection with Brancaster, that resulted him being buried there, 400 miles from his base, and 200 miles from the crash site?

Did his parents emigrate from there, I am unable to find any connections to the Fox family, what was his mothers maiden name?

What inspired him to join the RAF in the UK in 1939, shortly before the war in Europe started.

Why is his name not on the roll of honour on the council building in Strathfield?

Who decided on the inscription?

Would appreciate any information on these questions, and what his life was like previous to joining the R.A.F.

 

 

1901 Census.

 

Henry was an Engine fitter Fred was apprentice fitter. in Lincoln.

 

Fredrick Charles Fox born 1882 in Lincolnshire.

 

Son of Henry and Clara Fox.   (Henry was born in Burnham Norfolk.)

 

So am guessing that Basil was given the middle name of Lincoln, as this was the birthplace of his father.

 

Can find no trace of Fred after the 1901 census, until he married Louisa on 27th Oct 1911, in Parramatta Sydney NSW.

 

1936 Fred and his two sons, Geoffery and Basil were all working as engineers, living in Nicholson st Burwood.

 

Louisa Fox born 4th Sept 1882 died 16th Oct 1949.

 

Buried St Thomas Church Enfield Sydney.

 

1909 census she was in Formby Lancashire, working as a nurse for a G D Prangley.

 

1911 census she was working as a nurse at the Rectory Croxton  St Neots Cambs.

 

Then some time in Aug 1911 she left Liverpool as (an unassisted passenger) on the ship Persic and arrived in Sydney on the 15th of Sept 1911.

 

And Married Frederick on the 27th of Oct.  This must have been pre-arranged.

 

19th Oct 1920 Louisa arrived back in London from Sydney, aboard the TSS Miltiades a ship of the Aberdeen and Commonwealth line. With her three children Geoffrey 8, Basil 5, and Jean 6.

 

July 1921 Louisa and the children were on board the ship Demasthenes (master G.W. Bibby) heading back to Sydney.

 

I guess she had brought her children back to visit their grandparents, Robert (who was an own account fisherman) and Rebecca Loose.

 

Where did they live? Yes you have guessed it.

 

Brancaster Staithe.

 

Louisa also lost a brother in WW1.

 

Burton pennant Loose.   Private 16656  Norfolk Regiment 9th Battalion.

 

KIA 15th April 1918 aged 23, Tyne Cot memorial Belgium. Panel 43 to 45 and 162A .

 

 

Useful reference information found here = http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/planes/41/n7298.html