Charles Vincent Fox
|Charles Vincent Fox|
|Years of service||1899-1918|
|Awards||Distinguished Service Order|
Fox was born in Dublin in 1877, the son of Henry and Mary Fox. His father was an agent for Dundalls Whisky and by 1881 had moved to Swanscombe, Kent. Educated at Prior Park College, Bath. Fox attended Pembroke College of The University of Oxford and then joined the Scots Guards and rowed for the Guards Brigade Rowing Club. In 1899 he entered the Wingfield Sculls but lost to B H Howell. He won the event in 1900. In 1901 he won the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley, beating St G Ashe.
Fox was promoted to lieutenant on 23 April 1902, and served with the Southern Nigeria Regiment of the West African Frontier Force. On the outbreak of World War I he was with the British Expeditionary Force and took part in the First Battle of Ypres. On 25 October he defended a breach in the line and captured five German officers and 200 men, and as a result was awarded the DSO. He was captured and made three escape attempts, on one occasion throwing himself from a train. He made his last successful escape attempt from Schwarmstedt Camp in June 1917. In the course of his run to the border travelling with a Lieutenant Blank, he met up with Captain John Alan Lyde Caunter whose chronicle of his time in German camps and his escape described Fox's experiences in detail. Fox provided evidence of an atrocity at the Brandenburg Camp writing on 10 July 1917 that before he arrived at the camp, an Englishman had been burned alive because guards would not let prisoners out of a burning building.
- British Census 1881 RG11
- Wingfield Sculls Record of Races
- Henley Royal Regatta Results of Final Races 1839-1939 Archived 9 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
- "No. 27441". The London Gazette. 10 June 1902. p. 3752.
- Wilfrid Douglas Newton The undying story : the work of the British Expeditionary Force on the Continent from Mons, 23 August 1914, to Ypres, 15 Nov. 1914" (1915)
- John Alan Lyde Caunter 13 days: the chronicle of an escape from a German prison (1918)
- New York Times 21 April 1918