William Alfred (Bill) COLE

Badge Number: 41082, Sub Branch: Crystal Brook

COLE, William Alfred

Service Number: 961
Enlisted: 1 August 1915
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Port Lincoln, South Australia, 28 September 1896
Home Town: Peterborough (Formerly Petersburg), South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Adelaide, South Australia, 17 June 1955, aged 58 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: North Brighton Cemetery, S.A.
Memorials: Jamestown Soldier's Memorial Park Arch, Jamestown St James Anglican Church Stained Glass Windows and Turner Brothers Memorial
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World War 1 Service

1 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 961, 43rd Infantry Battalion
9 Jun 1916: Involvement Private, 961, 43rd Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '18' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Afric embarkation_ship_number: A19 public_note: ''
9 Jun 1916: Embarked Private, 961, 43rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Adelaide
27 May 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 43rd Infantry Battalion
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Lance Corporal, 961, 43rd Infantry Battalion
14 Aug 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 43rd Infantry Battalion

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Rootsweb ID: I89168 Birth Record: 28 Sep 1896 in Port Lincoln, South Australia

Father Alfed Cole, c/o PO Box Jamestown, SA
(later at PO Box Petersburg, SA)

Brother:   Lance Corporal 960 Darcy Garrett Cole
               Australian Corps Signal Company
               18/10/1915 enlisted in Adelaide, SA (24yrs of age)
               9/6/1916 embarked with William onboard HMAT Afric
               16/5/1919 returned to Australia
               16/7/1971 passed away
               cremated in Centennial Park Cemetery

Previous service:  Cadets

Described on enlisting as 18yrs 11mths old; single; 5' 7.5" tall; 190 lbs;
fair complexion; blue eyes; dark hair; Church of England; tattoos on both
forearms and chest.

21/9/1915    enlisted in Adelaide, SA

23/9/1915    appointed to C Company, 2nd Depot Battalion

16/3/1915    appointed to Head Quarters, 43rd Infantry Battalion
                   Morphettville Camp

1/11/1915    1st Depot Battalion, Morphettville Camp

15/11/1915  transferred to Mitcham Camp, as Signaller

1/12/1915    Signal School

16/2/1916    6th Division Signal Company

16/3/1916    Private in 43rd Battalion HQ

9/6/1916      embarked with older brother Darcy, onboard HMAT A19 Afric
20/7/1916     disembarked into Marseilles, France

25/11/1916   proceeded overseas to France

4/12/1916     sick with mumps, admitted to Hospital in France
26/12/1916   rejoined unit in France

15/2/1917     pneumonia - admitted to 7th General Hospital in the field, St Omer
27/2/1917     to England, ex Wimereux, France
28/2/1917     admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, England

23/6/1917     admitted to 1st Australian Hospital, Bulford
18/7/1917     discharged to Convalescent Training Camp

15/4/1918     proceeded overseas to France, ex 9th Training Battalion, Fovant

27/5/1918     promoted to Lance Corporal, 43rd Battalion

20/5/1919     returned to Australia onboard Lestor, ex England
29/6/1919     disembarked into Austalia

14/8/1919     discharged from service

Medals:          British War medal (13267) and Victory medal (13089)

Married:         Bess
Children:        Elizabeth

17/6/1955      passed away
buried in:        North Brighton Cemetery

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  17/5/2016  Lest we forget.

Thank you to Kaye Bottrall, Jamestown, SA for her information.