|Place of birth||Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, Queensland|
|School||State School, Brisbane, Queensland|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||98 Holman Street, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, Queensland|
|Age at embarkation||19.5|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs M Cole, 98 Holman Street, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, Queensland|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Brisbane, Queensland|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||9th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/26/4|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A16 Star of Victoria on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Lance Corporal|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||49th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Kemel Hill, Belgium|
|Age at death||21|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 29), 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
|Family/military connections||Brother: 4568 Pte George COLE, 26th Bn, killed in action, 3 May 1917.|
War service: Egypt, Western Front
Embarked Brisbane, 31 March 1916; disembarked Port Said, 5 May 1916.
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 7 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 14 June 1916.
Transferred to 49th Bn, 20 May 1916; taken on strength, 49th Bn, 13 August 1916.
Detached to Lewis Machine Gun School, 27 December 1916; rejoined Bn, 5 January 1917.
Detached to School of Instruction, 24 March 1917.
Appointed Lance Corporal, 15 June 1917.
Killed in action, Belgium, 20 August 1917.Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, COLE William Anthony|