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Geoffrey Sandford Cox



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Geoffrey Sandford AWMM
  • Surname
    Cox AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 969 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 1940-1941 2NZEF Nom. Roll 3, p.103 Journalist/Civilian 2NZEF Nom. Roll 3, p.103
    EnglandUnited Kingdom 2NZEF Nom. Roll 3, p.103
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  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Cecily Barbara; father of Peter, Patrick, Rosamund, Evelyn

    Completed and Masters of History at Otago University. Rhodes scholar, attended Oxford University in 1932

    As a journalist covered the defense of Madrid in 1936 and events leading up to the declaration of War in Europe

    Joined the New Zealand Division in Greece, fought in Crete and North Africa

    Represented the New Zealand Government as Charge d'Affairs in Washington, DC 1942 on the Pacific War Council

    Rejoined the 2NZEF in Italy and in early 1944 served as an intelligence officer finishing in Trieste

    Resumed his journalistic career after the war, with a British newspaper. He later joined the Independent Television News in 1956 and became a pioneer of the hard-hitting interview and half-hour news bulletin. Founder of News at 10. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    2 April 2008 AWMM
    Age 97 AWMM
    StandishGloucestershire AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 5 April 2008 AWMM
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  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 3: WW2 103 AWMM
    • Derby, M. (2009). Kiwi companeros : New Zealand and the Spanish Civil War. Christchurch, N.Z.: Canterbury University Press. AWMM
      pp.158-68 AWMM
    • Cox, G. (1999). Eyewitness: a memoir of Europe in the 1930s, University of Otago Press, Dunedin. AWMM
    • Cox, G. (2006) Defence of Madrid: an eyewitness account from the Spanish Civil War, 2nd edn, Otago University Press, Dunedin. AWMM

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