PRIVATE R COLE KILLED
News has been received of the death in action of Private Richard Cole, second son of Mr William Cole, until recently of Evesham, and now of Bournemouth. The news comes from two sources – one being a soldier who saw him killed. Private “Dick” Cole, who was 28 years of age, before joining the army, towards the end of 1914, was an insurance agent, and lived at Badsey. After three month’s training in England he went to France, where he had been two years and four months. He had been both wounded and gassed. The news of his death was received on Saturday. He leaves a wife and two children. His father, although well over military age, joined the army since the outbreak of war, and served 18 months in England before obtaining his discharge. While his elder brother was only in the army for four months, and a good deal of this time was spent in hospital. Private Dick Cole used to be secretary of the Badsey United Football Club.