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Sir Frank Fox

Sir Frank Fox was a journalist, author and campaigner who espoused the cause of warning of the dangers of a major War in Europe as early as 1909. "l was blown up by a salvo of shells in front of Le Sars. I refused to die on the battlefield. The gallant stretcher-bearers got me in. l spent the next year in hospital". Sir Frank Fox was born in Australia in 1874. He was a journalist, author and campaigner who espoused the cause of warning of the dangers of a major War in Europe as early as 1909. His views, and those of the Morning Post, were in accord and he joined the staff as a war correspondent. In 1914 he was attached to the Belgian army during the German invasion. In view of his experiences in that conflict he longed to become a combatant and was commissioned into the British Army in December 1914. Posted to France, Fox was blown up during the Battle of the Somme and suffered severe injuries. During his convalescence in England he worked for MI7 but contrived to be posted to Haig’s GHQ in Montreuil-sur-Mer in the run up to the final offensive against Germany. He was appointed O.B.E. (Military) and was Mentioned in Despatches. Fox was a prolific author writing 5 books relating to World War One including ''GHQ Montreuil-sur-Mer'' during his service. In 1922 he accompanied George V and Lord Haig to the military cemeteries in Belgium and France and wrote an account in ''The King’s Pilgrimage'', shortly to be republished.

All blog posts by Sir Frank Fox

The RUSI Journal review essay including G.H.Q.

Excerpt from THE SOMME A CONTEST OF ENDURANCE, Review Essay by Jack Spence: So much for context. Two of the authors under review — Frank Fox and Taylor Downing — provide specialised treatment of two subjects: the work of General Headquarters (GHQ) based at Montreuil-sur-Mer and the impact of shell shock on those who suffered and those in authority who had to deal with it. Frank Fox, whose G.H.Q. (Montreuil-sur-Mer) was first published in 1920, was severely wounded on the Somme, but […]

Rupert Edis on GHQ for “History Today”

Sir Frank Fox is a largely forgotten figure whose life reads like a character from a John Buchan novel. A “strikingly handsome” Australian émigré to England, who became a doyen of Fleet Street, as a war correspondent he witnessed German atrocities against Belgian civilians in 1914 which so appalled him that he signed up – lying about his age – at 41. Grievously injured at the Somme, he worked for a time at MI7, focused on bringing the USA into […]

Excerpt from The Agony of Belgium

Excerpt from Chapter II of The Agony of Belgium by Sir Frank Fox page 19 with the speech from King Albert I to the Belgium parliament on August 4th, 1914. On July 31st, 1914, the mobilization of the Belgian Army was ordered, and the Belgian King at the same time called publicly Europe’s attention to the fact that Germany, Great Britain and France were solemnly bound to respect and to defend the neutrality of his country. On August 2nd, Great […]