|Place of birth||Carisbrook, Victoria|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||c/o T Williams, Francis Street, Clarence Park, South Australia|
|Age at embarkation||26|
|Next of kin||Father, H N Cole, Maryborough, Victoria|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||10th Battalion, B Company|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/27/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board Transport A11 Ascanius on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Sergeant|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||10th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Flanders|
|Age at death||29|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 17), Belgium
The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.
The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.
The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.
Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front
Embarked from Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 2 March 1915. Appointed Lance Corporal, 25 July 1915; Temporary Corporal, 11 October 1915; reverted to Lance Corporal, 7 December 1915; Corporal, 7 December 1915. Disembarked Alexandria, 29 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).
Admitted to 2nd field Ambulance, 5 February 1916; transferred to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Abbassia, 7 February 1916; discharged to Overseas Base, Cairo, 29 March 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 54 days.
Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 8 May 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 16 May 1916. Promoted Temporary Sergeant, 15 August 1916.
Wounded in action, 23 August 1916 (gun shot wound, left foot), and reverted to Corporal. Admitted to 1st Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, 24 August 1916; transferred to England, 26 August 1916, and admitted to Norfolk War Hospital, 27 August 1916. Transferred to Woodcote Convalescent Hospital, 19 September 1916. Proceeded overseas to France, 19 November 1916; rejoined unit, 6 December 1916. Promoted Temporary Sergeant, 28 December 1916; reverted to Corporal, 25 February 1917.
Wounded in action,25 February 1917 (shell wound, right hand); transferred to Divisional Rest Station, 26 February 1917; rejoined unit, 13 March 1917. Appointed Temporary Sergeant, 13 March 1917; Sergeant, 20 May 1917.
Killed in action, Belgium, 8 October 1917.Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal