Eric Vaux was born in 1896 and brought up in the Mason’s Arms pub in Market Place, where his father Thomas was the innkeeper. His father brewed his own beer for sale in the pub, where he was assisted by wife Eleanor. Eric had 9 brothers and sisters, one of which sadly died in infancy.
In 1911 Eric aged 15 was still at school, while older brothers Allan and Roy were working; Allan as a “Farmer’s pupil” and Roy as a drapers apprentice.
Eric served in the Territorial Force as a Gunner in the Royal Horse Artillery prior to the war, and later saw active service with them. In 1916 he received a gold medal, awarded by the King of Serbia for distinguished service. It was reported in the Doncaster Gazette on the 13 October that Eric had won this medal during his service in Egypt. He had gone out under heavy fire in 100 degree heat to fix a broken telephone. He survived the war and died in September 1971 in Oxfordshire, aged 75.
In August 1920 he married Nellie Wilson with whom he had a son and two daughters. His occupation after the war was working on his sweetshop in Cheltenham. He also owned a farm in Ullenwood which he sold after a few years.
His brother Roy however was killed on the 16 September 1916, age 22 when his battalion was involved in the first push of the bloody offensive known as the Battle of the Somme.
Submitted by Joan Wilson