William James Cole

Born 1915 in Landshipping, Pembrokeshire, one of six siblings whose father died of wounds during World War 1
Cpl. William James Cole, 7886175
Enlisted Royal Tank Corps 19th November 1935
His unit became 7th Royal Tank Regiment 11th April 1939, and saw service in India, France and North Africa
He was a Prisoner of War for 3 Years in Italy and Germany
Liberated 10th May 1945.
Then transferred to Hamsterley Mill Estate, Co. Durham whjere he was in charge of German Prisoners of War at Beamish Farm.
Subsequently worked at Consett Iron Company (British Steel) as a Machine Driver until his retirement in the late 1970's (he always wore his black beret whilst manning his machine).
Latterly he also volunteered with his local British Legion Branch and visited the Tank Museum in the 1980's.

1939-45 STAR

AFRICA STAR

INDIA GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL, NORTH WEST FRONTIER 1937-39 BAR

WAR MEDAL

DUNKIRK MEDAL