Staff Captain Cyril Lawson Cole

Biography of Staff Captain Cyril Lawson Cole

Cyril Lawson Cole was born on 10th October 1892 in Cirencestershire, Gloucestershire, to Catherine Martha Cole (nèe White) and William Henry Cole, who owned a bacon curing firm. Before coming to the University he was educated at Morton Hall, Worcestershire, and Marlborough College.

He first matriculated at the University in 1910 and studied subjects such as Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mathematics. Cole graduated on 21st April 1913 and began an apprenticeship at Fairfields Shipbuilding Yards, Glasgow.

In 1914, Cyril and his brother Clifford signed up to the newly formed 2/5th Gloucestershire Regiment. Cyril was promoted to Officer in 1915. The Regiment arrived at Laventie, France, on 10th June 1916. Cyril survived the Battle of Passchendaele and saw Armistice on 11th November 1918.

In 1919, Cyril returned to France to help the 184th Infantry Brigade Headquarters with demobilisation. While in France he contracted bronchial pneumonia during the influenza epidemic, and died on 14th March 1919.


Staff Captain Cyril Lawson Cole
Rank: Staff Captain
Regiment: 5th Gloucester Regiment - 185 Infantry Brigade
Degree: BSc
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action
Note/Press Clipping: N/A
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/48


The Three Uncles: The Cole Brothers in the Great War, by T. L. Blackman, ISBN 978-1-909300-23-1

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