Edmund de Langley
& Isabella de Castilla
   
Diesbach
Belleroche
 
 
 
Christopher Cox VC
             
A lifelong resident of Kings Langley, Christopher Cox, was awarded the Victoria Cross for valour near the village of Achiet-le-Grand, Pas-de-Calais, France in 1917.
 
Cox volunteered for the British Army and joined the Bedfordshire Regiment as a private in 1914. He was wounded on the first day of the Somme offensive, and earnt the VC in the Bihucourt assault of March 1917.
 
Under heavy artillery and machine gun fire, Cox (a stretcher-bearer) single-handedly rescued four men from his own battalion, and then helped to rescue the wounded of an adjoining battalion, with, as his citation stated, 'complete disregard for his own safety'.
 
Two months later, he suffered serious injuries and was repatriated home. He died in 1959 at the age of 69, leaving a large family. His Victoria Cross is on display at the Imperial War Museum in London.
 
 
Commemorations
 
In the mid 2000s, M. Philippe Drouin, Vice-President of the Somme Remembrance Association, researched the VCs awarded in the Somme, and learnt about Christopher Cox.
A memorial was constructed in front of the existing farm building closest to where the fighting took place, and unveiled in March 2007, on the 90th anniversary of the fighting.
 
In September 2007, a reciprocal event was organised in Kings Langley, with a parade along the High Street, a memorial service at All Saints Church including the unveiling of a commemorative plaque, and a reception at the Community Centre.  
 
 
Twinning
 
Both events were very well supported by residents, and there was a strong feeling in favour of both commemorating the bravery of all those that risked everything, and developing new links for the future.
 
So much so, that both sets of councillors agreed to setup a twinning relationship between the villages.
 
Bernard De Reu, M. le Maire d'Achiet-le-Grand and Cllr Bob McLean, Chairman of KLPC (pictured) met in November 2009 to sign the Friendship Charter.
 
In September 2012, representatives of Kings Langley attended the unveilling of twinning signs on the road entrances to Achiet-le-Grand.  
We hope to develop further links in the years to come - if any Kings Langley residents would like to take part in future events, then please let us know.