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Sydney Harold Fox

Nominal Roll Vol 2 (Roll 43), Page: 22 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 2 (Roll 43), Page: 22 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Sydney Harold AWMM
  • Surname
    Fox AWMM
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  • Service number
    • WWI C/1071 AWMM
    • WWI MB1872 AWMM
    • WWI 1872 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    19 June 1892 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
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  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 L.H. Fox (father), Hospital Road, Newtown, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (CGM) AWMM
      Conspicuous Gallantry Medal, (Zeebrugge and Ostend Operation), 22 -23 April, London Gazette 23 July 1918 (Awo 2428/ 25/ 7/ 18). The rating above mentioned was amongst those who volunteered to man the motor launches detailed to rescue the crews of the block-ships, and it is largely due to the coolness and courage with which the crews of these motor launches carried out their duties that so many officers and men where rescued. This man displayed most conspicuous gallantry in the face of intense gun and machine –gun fire at short range. AWMM
    • Croix de Guerre 1914-1918 (France) AWMM
      Croix De Guerre (Awo2797/18), London Gazette 28 August 1918 AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
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    WW1 16 October 1916 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    Marine engineer/Civilian AWMM
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Prisoner of war

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  • Promoted Chief Motor Mechanic 1 July 1917

    He won the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal on ML282, and it was in the same operation that Lieutenant Percy Thompson Dean RNVR Commander of M.L.282 won the Victoria Cross and the Distinguished Service Cross was awarded to Lieutenant James Courtenay Keith Wright RNVR Second in command M.L.282. The operation was described by Maxwell [1920].

    Excerpt from the Grey River Angus 25th June 1918. Amongst the New Zealanders who participated in the recent naval action at Zeebrugge was Mr. Sydney Fox, son of Mr. Louis H. Fox, house steward at the Wellington Hospital. Writing to his parents, Mr. Fox, who left New Zealand as a member of the first Motor Boat Patrol, gives some particulars of the fight. “We went up into the canal,” he writes, “to rescue the crews of two ships that we sank there. Well, there were only four of us on our ship who came out alive, and I was one of them. It was a very desperate job. The writer refers to one of his pals, Mr. Jack Batey, who was killed in the engagement. Mr. Batey, who formerly lived at New Plymouth, leaves a widow. At latest advice Mr. Fox was chief engineer of the vessel on which he was at the time of the Zeebrugge engagement.

    Service on ML 282 is derived from his gallantry award citation.

    Palmer recruit, went to UK on HMNZT WILLOCHRA, after training at HERMIONE posted to ML 282 . Served at Zeebrugge 22-23 1918 with MLs - awarded the Croix de Guerre also awarded the CGM for his work in the Motor Boats served with Batey and Attwood - reported as serving in ML 252 in September 1918, in 1919 posted to MLs in the Mediterranean from depot ship HMS Caesar, posted to British Caspian Flotilla to man CMBs 1919, then to HMS Julius at Constantinople. Back to Britain in March 1920 & discharged from RN 20 June 1920 - one of the last NZers to be demobilised from the First World War AWMM
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About death

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Grey River Argus AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Military Service Record AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      43: 22 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      National Archives (UK), Kew AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Attestation papers are held at Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton AWMM
    • McEwan, J. (1995). Auckland Rockies : a history of Auckland's Naval Reserves from 1858-1995. Auckland, N.Z.: Pyramid Press. AWMM


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