|Place of birth||London, Kent, England|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||109 Kingcross Road, London, WC, England|
|Age at embarkation||19|
|Next of kin||Sister, Nellie Dale, 109 Kingcross Road, London, England|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Liverpool, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||19th Battalion, C Company|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT Ceramic on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||19th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France
Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.
The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.
On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.
After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Town: Sydney, New South Wales|
|Family/military connections||Cousins: 950 Pte Frank Henry COLE, 22nd Bn, killed in action, 4 October 1917; 6237 Pte Wilfred Edgar COLE, 22nd Bn, died of wounds, 9 October 1917.|
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front
Embarked to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 16 August 1915.
Admitted to No 5 Australian Field Ambulance, Rest Gully, Anzac, 4 December 1915 (diarrhoea); discharged to duty, 5 December 1915.
Evacuated to hospital, 14 December 1915; admitted to No 87 Field Ambulance, Mudros, 18 December 1915 (debility); transferred to No 24 Casualty Clearing Station, Mudros, 7 January 1916; to Tower Camp, Mudros, 8 January 1916; to Helouan Convalescent Camp, Egypt, 31 January 1916; discharged to duty, 18 February 1916.
Rejoined 19th Bn, Moascar, 7 March 1916.
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 25 March 1916.
Admitted to No 14 Stationary Hospital, Wimereux, 1 April 1916 (mumps); transferred to No 5 Convalescent Depot, Wimereux, 23 April 1916; marched into 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, 27 April 1916.
Promoted Acting Corporal (with pay), 4 October 1916.
Found guilty, 26 December 1916, of being out of bounds in Etaples, 22 December 1916: award, reduced to the rank of Private.
Rejoined 19th Bn, 28 December 1916.
Admitted to No 1/1 South Midland Casualty Clearing Station, 30 January 1917 (pyrexia of unknown origin); transferred to Ambulance Train, 31 January 1917; to No 2 General Hospital, Le Havre, 1 February 1917; to No 4 Convalescent Depot, 6 February 1917; marched into 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 19 February 1917.
Rejoined unit, 8 March 1917.
Posted as missing in action, 3 May 1917.
Court of Enquiry, 11 December 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 3 May 1917'.Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, DALE Benjamin
Red Cross File No 0870209Q