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Cole, Humphrey Porteus

Second Lieutenant Humphrey Porteous Cole, Devon Regiment, aged 21 years who died on April 3 of wounds received the same morning, was the youngest son of the late Major-General R. A. Cole, Madras Staff Corps, and of Mrs. Cole, Fairleigh, Sidmouth. He was educated at Naish House, Burnham and at Marlborough. He enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers at the outbreak of the war, and received his commission in February, 1915. He had been at the front 10 days. His Colonel wrote of him: - "He had been with us only four days, but I saw how keen he was on his work, and his loss to the battalion will be great." The Times 11 April, 1916


First name(s)Humphrey Porteus
Date of birth1895
Family detailsSon of Henrietta Cole, of Fairleigh, Sidmouth, Devonshire and the late Maj.-Gen. R. A. Cole, Madras Staff Corps.
Previous educationNaish House, Burnham and Marlborough.
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dates at college-1913
Dept / courseFaculty of Engineering
Military unitDevonshire Regiment, 9th Bn.
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Date of death3 April 1916
Age at death21
Rank at deathSecond Lieutenant
Cause of deathDied of wounds
Burial placeCorbie Communal Cemetery, Somme, France
Commemoration(s)King's College Chapel
Notes2nd Lieut. Humphrey Porteous Cole (Devon Regiment), who died of wounds on April 3, aged 21, was in the Marlborough Eleven in 1912 and 1913. In the former year he had a batting average of 14.10 and in the latter one of 12.17. Wisden.
SourcesKing's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; The Times;

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