Eric Cox was born and brought up in Glastonbury, where his family had a market gardening business. In his youth he attended the Boys’ Brigade, which was affiliated to Glastonbury Congregational Chapel. After Dunkirk the Boys Brigade band would march soldiers to church every Sunday.
Arthur Cowell Stark was born at Torquay, Devon in 1866, the eldest son of John Cowell Stark and Ann Wilkinson. Arthur. His father was a successful ironmonger and sometime manufacturer of teak furniture.
In 1907 Evelyn Henry Villebois Burnaby published ‘Memories of Famous Trials’. One of the cases he recalls was held at the Spring Assizes at Taunton before Chief Justice Alexander Cockburn in which four poachers from Yeovil, Somerset were alledged to have kicked to death local policeman Nathaniel Cox.
In 1843 the reports of special assistant poor law commissioners on the employment of women and children in agriculture were presented to both Houses of Parliament. One of those examined was a Mary Cox, a married Woman in the Union Workhouse at Blandford Forum, Dorset.
The job of of stationmaster, even at a small country station in the Victorian age, was considered to be a good position. The pay was above average and usually a house went with the job. However, despite these advantages there was little to protect anybody against what nature threw at them in the days before modern medicine and living conditions.
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The following is a notice of auction published on Monday, July 12, 1819 in the Salisbury & Winchester Journal. For sale are various propterties in Frome, Somerset following the death of one John Church Esq.
Henry Richard Tompkins was baptised on April 22, 1781 at Puncknowle, Dorset, England, the 5th of 8 children to Nicholas Tompkins and his wife Joan Wallbridge. On May 18, 1818 at Puncknowle witnessed by Bernard Cox and William Thorner he married Elizabeth, the daughter of Joseph & Jane Cox.