Cox, Fergus Robert (Air Mechanic, b.1895 - d.1982)

Place Africa: Egypt, Cairo, Heliopolis
Accession Number PR04018
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm
Object type Postcard, Postcard, Diary, Photograph
Maker Cox, Fergus Robert
Place made Australia: Queensland, Egypt, Egypt: Cairo, Heliopolis
Date made 1915-1919
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition

Collection relating to 1544 Private (Pte) Fergus Cox, who served initially with the 11th Light Horse Regiment. Collection primarily comprises two original handwritten diaries, with typed transcripts. The first diary covers the period 22 October 1915 to 1 January 1916 - when he departed Chermside, Brisbane by train to travel to Sydney to board the SS Hawkes Bay on 23 October 1915 and arrived in Port Suez, Egypt 22 November 1916. Pte Cox describes the entertainment during the voyage - tug of war, a concert, pillow fights and boxing matches - arranged for the troops. A piano purchased in Melbourne from subscriptions from the troops is donated to the Red Cross in Egypt for hospital comforts. Food is of importance. The Christmas celebrations 1915 at Aerodrome Camp, Heliopolis in Egypt, where Pte Cox is stationed are described. Each man receives a handsome gift containing such items as cigarettes, chocolates and envelopes. Pte Cox enjoys the best meal ever on New Year's Day 1916 while recuperating from mumps in hospital at Heliopolis. His second diary covers the year 1917 when he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps, 68th Squadron, and then to the Australian Flying Corps with No 2 Squadron. Also included is an original newspaper article outlining Cox's life, including military service, and photocopies of typed transcripts of his diaries published in the Queensland newspaper 'The Star' in 1997. 22 postcards and photographs are also included, with letters and annotations from Cox on the verso of each.