Michael James FOX

Year of Birth:  1891

Place of Birth:  Herberton, Queensland

Date of Enlistment:  22 April 1916

Date and Place of Embarkation:  7 October 1916, Sydney, New South Wales

Ship:  HMAT Ceramic A40

Rank:  Private

Unit(s):  52nd Australian Infantry Battalion

Regimental Number:  2783

Died:  12 April 1917, France


The Telegraph (Brisbane) 22 June 1917, p13


Michael James Fox was born on the 17 November 1891 at Herberton, Queensland to Matthew Fox and Marian McKeegan.  Michael was the second child and one of eight children.  The first child was John Lindale born 1890, then Michael born 1891, Kathleen Berbina 1893, Patrick 1895, Marian Elizabeth 1897, Daniel O’Mahony 1899, Owen William 1901 and Marjorie Amelia in 1904.

The year before Michael enlisted, according to the Electoral Roll for Atherton, he was a labourer living at Kaiiri with his father Matthew who was a miner.  His father was an old Northern identity in the mining industry.

Michael’s father Matthew died in 1924 and his mother Marion died in 1940.

At the time of Michael’s enlistment he was living in Herberton.  He gave his age as 23 years 4 months and his occupation as a Labourer.  Michael was 5 feet 4 inches tall, and weighed 140 pounds.  He had blue eyes, black hair and a fair complexion.

Michael was killed in action in France on the 12 April 1917, as described in this statement from a Corporal Atherton.  He was buried in the Queant Road Cemetery, Nord Pas de Calais, France.


AWM Australian Red Cross – Wounded & Missing


Michael James Fox is listed third down on left – photo courtesy of AWM

HMAT Ceramic (A40) with troops leaving Port Melbourne 1915 – photo courtesy AWM


Online Resources

AWM: Photo HMAT Ceramic A40

NAA: B2455, Fox M J, National Archives of Australia

Australian War Memorial

The Telegraph 22 June 1917


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