Born: 1897, Bedford, Bedfordshire.

Baptised: 3rd April 1911, at St. Paul’s Church, Peterborough, Northamptonshire. Parents: Esther Jane & John Cole – Publican. Address: 34, Harris Street, Peterborough.

Died: 8th May 1918; age 21; KiA.

Residence: 5, Pearce Road, Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 31st February 1915 – France.


Rank: Second Lieutenant.

Regiment: York & Lancaster Regiment, 2nd Battalion.

Formerly Royal Fusiliers, GS/192.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Grave Reference:


Nine Elms British Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of John & Esther J. Cole, of 5, Pearce Road, Ipswich.




1901   Liberal Club, Midland Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire.


Clarence was 4 years old and living with his parents & sister.

John Cole, 41, a Steward – Liberal Club, born Wimblington, Cambridgeshire.

Esther Jane Cole, 40, a Stewardess – Liberal Club, born Gintford, Bedfordshire.

Dorothy Eva Cole, 9, born Beckenham, Kent.


1911   34, Harris Street, Peterborough, Northamptonshire.


Clarence was 14 years old, an Office Boy – Railway Company. He was boarding at the home of 37 year old, Jabez Cliffe, a Jouiner – Builder.


Clarence’s medals were sent to his mother, Mrs Cole at her home – 5, Pearce Road, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Mrs. Esther Jane Cole – mother, and Mrs. Eva Dorothy Reeve (wife of Harry Aubrey Cobbold Reeve) – sister.


York & Lancaster Regiment, 2nd Battalion:

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