by ehistoryadmin on July 24, 2020

Leinster Leader 30 April 1960

Mr. Albert Cox, Droichead Nua

Mr. Albert Cox, Droichead Nua, whose unexpected death occurred on Good Friday, was native of Leicester, but had resided in Droichead Nua for most of his life. An exceedingly popular figure, he was in his late sixties and had been chief officer of Droichead Nua fire brigade since its foundation some years ago.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. E. Cox, sons Albert and Andrew Cox, daughters-in-law, Mrs. A. Cox and Mrs. A. Cox, grandchildren and other relatives.

The late Mr. Cox first came to the Curragh Camp in 1911 and later joined the Curragh Fire Brigade, holding the rank of Sergt. Major when the British Forces withdrew in 1922. He remained on in the Irish Army (as a Sergt. Major) for about ten years and then joined the civilian staff of the Corps of Engineers.

When the Droichead Nua Fire Brigade was formed he was one of its first members and was quickly appointed Chief Officer, a position which he held after the brigade became the County Brigade and up to the time of his death. The efficiency of the brigade as a fire-fighting unit was due in no small part to his experience and guidance.

There was a very large and representative attendance at the funeral to St. Conleth’s Cemetery on Easter Sunday. Members of the Brigade formed a Guard of Honour and the coffin, draped with the Tri-colour, was carried on the brigade fire engine.

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