COLE, Albert Leonard Gordon
(Service number 12/3532)

Aliases Bertie
First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 11 November 1894 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 15 Aug 1914-31 Dec 1915 Age
Address at Enlistment C/- Mrs Dauphin, Raetihi
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Martin Cole (father), Roslyn Tce, Timaru
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 3rd Reinforcements; 8th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Auckland Infantry Battalion
Date 14 February 1915; 13 November 1915
Transport Maunganui or Tahiti or Aparima; Willochra or Tofua
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 8 June 1976 Age 82
Place of Death Waikato Public Hospital
Cause Pneumonia & Bronchogenic Carcinoma
Memorial or Cemetery Hamilton PArk
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

A descendant commented: "Albert Leonard Gordon (Bertie) Cole was born on the 11th November 1894 at Timaru, and died at the age of 82 years. He married Bertha Thomas at Raetihi, she was 25 years of age. Bertie died at Waikato Public Hospital, Hamilton on the 8th June 1976 and was Cremated at Hamilton Park. An ex seaman came ashore and became a farmer. Like many of his time he suffered the 1st World War and was badly gassed in France, and for most of his life suffered chronic emphysema (a debilitating condition that sapped his strength and at most times demanded his energy levels. They married at Raetahi and moved several times in the youthful years of this young man. He died of Pneumonia ... "


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database (October 2014); SCROll web submission by W Cole, 26 July 2018

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