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Reginald Maurice COLE

Regimental number9
Place of birthSt Ives, Huntingdonshire, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressJack River, Gippsland, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 2.75"
Weight112 lbs
Next of kinFather, H J Cole, London Road, St Ives, Huntingdon, England
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the 5th Bedforshire Regiment, Territorial Force, England.
Enlistment date13 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Infantry Brigade, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/8/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll417
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll29th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 1), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
115
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 10 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 7 December 1915.

Transferred to 29th Bn, 27 December 1915.

Found guilty, Ferry Post, 20 April 1916, of neglect of duty: reclining on a heap of bags: awarded 2 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Admitted to 8th Field Ambulance, 24 May 1916; discharged to unit, 25 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandrioa to join the Bruitish Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Missing in action, 19-20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 23 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'KILLED IN ACTION, 20 July 1916.'

Statement, Red Cross File No 761012, 303 Pte F. NASH, 29th Bn (patient, No 14 General hospital, Boulogne), 1 December 1916: 'Cole ... was wounded in the attack at Fromelles on July 19-20. We attacked at 6 p.m. and took three lines of trenches, but had to go back to our own line at 4 a.m. [151] Cpl. R.C. ADAMS of the same platoon, was with him, and told me that he saw him wounded in Fritz' first line. He was left behind, and if alive must be a prisoner.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, COLE Reginald Maurice
Red Cross file 761012

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