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One of The Original 500

2nd Lt. Samuel Cole Regt # 465

Samuel enlisted on Sep 16, 1914. He was a member of the First 500 (Blue Puttees)from Newfoundland. He joined the British Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (BEF) on Aug 20, 1915. He was evacuated from Suvla Bay, Dec. 1, 1915. Invalided to England Dec. 24, 1915. Attached to Depot, Ayr, Feb 11, 1916. Promoted to Lance Corporal on Mar 30, 1916. Promoted to Corporal on Sep 12, 1916. Promoted to Acting Sergeant, Oct 28, 1916. Promoted to 2nd Lt. on Nov 1, 1916. Rejoined the BEF on May 12, 1917. Killed in action at Broembeek, Oct 9, 1917.

Letter from the Newfoundland War Contingent Association dated Dec 31th, 1915

Dear Madam,
I am desired by the Committee to express their regret at the news that Private S. Cole is in Hospital suffering from Frostbitten feet.
You may rest assured that everything possible will be done for him there, to assist his recovery.
This association has arranged that all men of the Newfoundland Regiment shall be visited while in Hospital, and supplied with extra comforts not provided by Hospital regulations.
We trust you may soon hear that your son is completely restored to health.
Yours Sincerely,

Letter from Government House dated 15 Apr 1918 signed by Gov. Harris

I am commanded by the King and The Queen to convey to you the following Message from their Majesties:
The King and Queen deeply regret the loss you and the Army have sustained by the death of your son, 2/Lieut. S.B. Cole, in the sevice of his country. Their Majesties truly sympathize with you in your sorrow.

Samuel Cole's Headstone

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