Thomas COLE

COLE, Thomas

Service Number: 2388
Enlisted: 7 February 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Mitcham, South Australia, 18 May 1889
Home Town: Mitcham, Mitcham, South Australia
Schooling: St Joseph's RC School, Mitcham
Occupation: Motor driver
Died: Killed in Action, Villers-Bretonneux, France, 25 April 1918, aged 28 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide The 50th Battalion Commemorative Cross, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

7 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2388, Adelaide, South Australia
21 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2388, 50th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
21 Sep 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2388, 50th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Commonwealth, Adelaide
25 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2388, 50th Infantry Battalion, Villers-Bretonneux

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...2388 Private Thomas Cole, 50th Battalion. A motor driver from Mitcham, South Australia, prior to enlistment, he embarked with the 5th Reinforcements from Adelaide on 21 September 1916 aboard HMAT Commonwealth (A73) for Plymouth, England. Following training with the 13th Training Battalion he proceeded to France in mid-August 1917 to join his battalion on the Western Front near Armentieres. Pte Cole was killed in action near Villers-Bretonneux on 25 April 1918. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France. He was aged 28 years." - SOURCE (