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Forename(s): William George
Place of Birth: Hopesay, Shropshire
Service No: 72571
Regiment / Corps / Service: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Battalion / Unit: 8th Coy
Division: 3rd Division
Date of Death: 1917-04-20
CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: XIX. E. 1A.
CWGC Cemetery: ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY
CWGC Memorial: ---
Non-CWGC Burial: ---
Local War Memorial: SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE
William George Cole (born 23 May 1880) was the son of Edwin and Mary Cole, née Rollings. Edwin was born at Bucknell and Mary at Knowbury, Shropshire.
1881 Hopesay, Shropshire: Cottage, The Fish Hamlet - William Cole, aged 10 months, born Hopesay, son of Edwin and Mary Cole.
1891 Leintwardine, Herefordshire Census: High Street - William G. Cole, aged 10 years, born Hopesay, Salop, son of Edwin and [stepson of] Emma Cole. [Edwin had married Emma Edwards in 1884.]
1901 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 2, Aire View Terrace - William G. Cole, aged 20 years, born Staff. [Staffordshire? Salop was written in but crossed out. George was boarding with Mary A. Brown.]
William was married to Janet Grace Lewis in 1903.
1911 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 13, Wellington Street - William George Cole, aged 30 years, born Hopesay, Salop, husband of Janet Grace Cole.
British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte William G. Cole, 14412, West Riding Regiment & Sgt 72571, Machine Gun Corps. Theatre of War first served in: 3 [Egypt]. Date of entry therein: 21 July 1915.
William is commemorated on the Midland Railway War Memorial at Derby.
Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entryView Entry in CPGW Book
Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:
COLE, Sgt. W.G., aged 36, West Riding Regiment, died in hospital in France, April 20, 1917.
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Sergeant William George COLE
Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 3rd Division
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