Wetherby War Memorial - The Great War 1914 - 1918

Private Willie Coles

Gunter, R B N
Durrant, C M
Weston, C G
Kelly, K G
Armitage, G J
Durrant, H M L
Hargreaves, J P
March, G
Dukes, W
Fowler, R
Westerman, H
Kirk, J C
Wiggins, T A
Telford, G
Harper, J W
Alexander, H W
Mason, T F
Wilkinson, W
Brown, C
Adkin, J
Barton, F
Hobman, A
Webster, A E
March, E A
Miller, G
Hannan, E
Utley, G
Walker, F
Bygrave, E W
Chapman, E
Varley, N W
Bowen, F J
Byrom, F
Backhouse, S
Dalby, M
Crossland, A
Crossley, J S
Dean, R
Frost, A E
Hodgson, F H
Holt, J
Hood, W H
Hill, W
Kitchen, T
Linfoot, E
Metcalfe, J C
Marsden, J
Pawson, W
Precious, G
Scutt, T G
Wiggins, J
Walker, E
Wood, A
Young, T
Pratt, W
Taylor, H
Dawson, G W
Lister, J
Binge, T
Atack, G
Durham, E F
Precious, G R
Wheelhouse Smith, W
Backhouse, H
Swann, J W
Burnsides, G A
Coles, W
Kelly, H W
Miles, J G
Tapsell, K

34th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps
Died 8th October 1917, age 34

Cemetery : Bard Cottage Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Grave Reference or Panel Number : III.I.38

Husband of B.M. Coles, of 10, Brook Street, Selby, North Yorkshire.

Born :        Fosdyke, Lincoln

Enlisted :  York

The 34th Field Ambulance served the 11th (Northern) Division from October 1914 until November 1918.

Willie lost his life during The Third Battle of Ypres (or Passchendaele), which lasted from 31st July – 10th November 1917.

Willie is listed in the 1901 Census as occupation fish dealer’s assistant at Hatfield.

Bard Cottage, near Boezinge, was a house, a little set back from the line, close to a bridge called Bard’s causeway, and the cemetery was made nearby in a sheltered position under a high bank. Burials were made between June 1915 and October 1918 and they reflect the presence of the 49th (West Riding), the 38th (Welsh) and other infantry divisions in the northern sectors of the Ypres Salient, as well as the advance of artillery to the area in the autumn of 1917.

The Medal Index Card gives first name as William.