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Cox, Lionel Johnston, Union Point, Manitoba, Class of ’17 (B.S.A.). Military Service, Reg. No. 551012, Lord Strathcona Horse, Attestation Papers.
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Undergraduate, Lionel Cox, 551012, B Squad, Troop 2, Strathcona Horse.
University of Manitoba, Archives and Special Collections, Managra, v. XI, No. 1 (Nov 1917), 7.
I received your letter of June 1 and July 17 last night. I hear they are going to run a general election on conscription. What are the people around there in favour of? I would like to see it go through without a loophole of any kind, nothing left but physically unfit and over age.
Eighteen of us went over at twelve o’clock one night and crawled up to within 150 yards of the German line. About daylight it started to rain and kept it up all day. We lay there all day and spent a very pleasant Sunday (I don’t think), and at dark crawled up closer. About eleven …
University of Manitoba, Archives and Special Collections, Managra, v. XI, No. 2 (Dec. 1917), 35.-36.
Lionel entered college with the seventeen class in the fall of 1912 and completed the two year course.
On April 17, 1915, he enlisted with the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (R.C.) and landed in France on October 29, spending the winter as a bomber. In the spring an attempt was made to use the cavalry but the scheme proved unsuccessful he fought on foot throughout the battle of the Somme as a bomber and Hotchkiss gunner. He came through two and a half years of trench warfare without a wound. In the spring of 1918, when the fifth army broke, the cavalry were sent in mounted to check the onrushing Germans. Lionel fell in the charge on Moreuil Wood, on March 31, wounded in the hand and thigh. Four months later he was released from hospital fully recovered and was under orders to return to France when the armistice was signed.
He landed in Winnipeg on December 26.
University of Manitoba, Archives and Special Collections, Managra, v. XII, No. 1 (Jan. 1919), 12.
L. J. Cox, ’17, St. Agathe, Man., renewed acquaintances at the Reunion, but apparently has not learned to dance during his three years in England and France.
University of Manitoba, Archives and Special Collections, Managra, v. XII, No. 2 (Feb. 1919), 48