Saturday, 6 April 2013

Remembering my Father

Today my father would have been 90. He served in the RN in a number of 'theatres' and ended the war serving on a Fairmile B Gun boat in the 36th Coastal Forces Flotilla in the Burma Campaign. It left him with deep mental scars and more than a few physical ones as well. At some point he contracted malaria which stayed with him well into the 1950s and probably contributed to his eventually developing tuberculosis. He was successfully cured of that, but no one was ever able, until the very last, to cure his addiction to alcohol.

Neville Gray Cox
6 April 1923 - 20 July 1982

He earned the 1939-45 Star, the Africa Star, the Burma Star, 1939-45 Medal and the Defence Medal. He died in 1982 of a combination of lung cancer, heart trouble and a failing liver, alone in a home run by the Salvation Army. At best my relationship with him was strained and a little remote, but he also succeeded in teaching me a great deal.

May he rest in peace.

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