George James COLE

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COLE, George James

Service Number: 3031
Enlisted: 14 October 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Delamere, South Australia, 28 December 1886
Home Town: Naracoorte, Naracoorte and Lucindale, South Australia
Schooling: Delamare Public School, South Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in action, Somme, France, 4 July 1918, aged 31 years
Cemetery: Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery
(VII. E. 2.) Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Naracoorte War Memorial, Naracoorte and District Town Hall Honour Board WW1, Second Valley War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

14 Oct 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3031, Adelaide, South Australia
23 Jun 1917: Involvement Private, SN 3031, 43rd Infantry Battalion
23 Jun 1917: Embarked Private, SN 3031, 43rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Adelaide

George James COLE 3031 43rd Battalion

Personal Details: George was born in Delamere, South Australia on the 28th December 1886 to parents Richard and Ellen Cole. He had 4 sisters and 3 brothers as well as 3 step-brothers and 1 step-sister. He worked as a farmer in the Second Valley area. He was 5 foot 9 and a half inches tall and weighed 149 pounds. He had dark blue eyes and black hair.
Enlistment Details: George enlisted on the 13th of October 1916 at Second Valley. He was 30 years and 9 months old when he enlisted.

Details about his role in War: On the 23rd of June George embarked from Adelaide aboard the H.M.A.T A.30 Borda. He disembarked at Plymouth on the 25th of August. Whilst aboard the ship he was placed in the ship’s hospital in isolation with a venereal disease. He spent a total of 30 days isolated. He proceeded overseas to France on the 8th of January 1918 and was taken on strength by the 43rd Battalion on the 13th. On the 26th of May 1918 George was gassed during action and was admitted to hospital. On the 22nd of June he rejoined the 43rdbattalion. On the 4th of July 1918 George was killed in action somewhere near Villers-Bretonneux.

Age at Death: 32
Memorial Details: FRANCE 1170 Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery Fouilloy

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