COLE William Thomas
Regiment : 3rd Company 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards
Service number : 22878
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Died of wounds aged 26 on 20th November 1916
Buried : Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte, France, Grave II. K. 31.
Relatives : Son of John Lewis Cole and Mary Ann Cole, of Darby End, Dudley
Memorial : Netherton St Andrew's Church
Also appears on : Netherton St Andrew's Church Roll of Honour. Dudley War Memorial. Dudley High Elementary School WW1 Memorial now Claughton Centre.
The birth of William Thomas Cole is registered in the December Quarter 1891 under the Dudley Registration District.
Great Western Railway Roll of Honour:
William Thomas Cole Traffic Department/Dudley Age 26 Private 1st Grenadier Guards, Died of Wounds 20/11/1916.
Source: The Great Western Railway in the First World War by Sandra Gittins, 2010.
William Cole’s gravestone has been inscribed as W.T. Cole Billum. An enquiry raised with the Commonweath War Graves Commission has revealed that the word ‘Billum’ on the headstone was requested by his parents and may reflect either a nickname or how he was known to his loved ones.