war memorial at dusk, photographed by Michelle Cooper




John Collon Fox

  John Fox and Daniel Borrett  

 Madeline, John's sister

Madeline Fox in 1911.
She was sister to John and became wife to Daniel.

John Fox and Daniel Borrett
  Daniel Borrett (East Lancashire) with
John Fox (Suffolk)
  John Fox (Northamptonshire) with
Daniel Borrett (Buffs)

  The wedding of Daniel Borrett and Madeline Fox
on 15 September 1915,
at Charlton Church, Dover. 
back row, left to right are:
William Borrett, John Collon Fox, Daniel, Madeline, another of John's sisters, and Gwen Borrett

seated front left is: Florence Borrett
Madeline Fox marries Daniel Borrett, 1915 front row, left to right are:
Daniel's parents, Bernard Borrett and Louisa (née Axford), and Madeline's parents, Elizabeth and William Fox.

seated front right is a member of the Fox family

John Collon Fox died on 6th April 1918, and is buried at the Senlis Communal Cemetery, France

wooden cross by grave the card sent by Imperial War Graves, stating photo enclosed as requested wooden cross by grave pictured by Imperial War Graves Commission
Wooden crosses marked John's grave, and a photograph was sent to his family
by the then Imperial War Graves Commission

In the early 1920s Daniel Borrett and his wife Madeline were able to visit John's grave.
Daneil and Madeline standing beside John's grave, marked by a wooden cross medals and cap badge CWGC gravestone
John was awarded the Empire and Victory medals, and the wooden cross by his grave was replaced by a gravestone, to be maintained in perpetuity.

Dover War Memorial, after completion John Fox as a little boy (in sailor uniform)
On Dover Town Memorial, John Collon Fox, the little sailor boy who became a soldier,
will be remembered forever.


with grateful thanks to David Borrett
all images are courtesy David Borrett

Daniel and Madeline Borrett named their son John, in memory of her brother.
Daniel Borrett served with the Special Constables during WWII; a further picture of him is here
Daniel's brother, William ("Bill") served in the Artillery, joining up at the age of 15. He served at the Langdon Battery, Dover, and on the Breakwater, before going to the Somme to work on ammunition supply. He married Elsie Daynes, from the milling family at Crabble Corn Mill, around 1920. She sadly died on Boxing Day, 1936, from TB. William later remarried, to Doris Pascal.

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