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FALFIELD - Pale brown or fallow open land'. Old English fecal + field.
Taken from A Dictionary of Place-Names Oxford University Press, © A.D. Mills 1998.



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Date Born:

28th October 1879 (Baptised in St George’s Church, Falfield on 7th December 1879)

Birth Place:

Turnpike Road, Falfield (Now the A38 located between Brandoak Cottage and Moorslade Lane)

Date of Death:

26th September 1915


Killed in Action


Lance Corporal (Recorded on the War Memorial as Pte)


2nd Battalion Worcester Regiment

Service No:


Duty Location:

France and Flanders



Remembered at the Loos Memorial, Loos-en-Gohelle. Panel 64. The Loos Memorial forms the side and back of Dud Corner Cemetery, and commemorates over 20,000 officers and men who have no known grave, who fell in the area from the River Lys to the old southern boundary of the First Army, east and west of Grenay. Loos-en-Gohelle is a village 5 kilometres north-west of Lens, and Dud Corner Cemetery is located about 1 kilometre west of the village, to the north-east of the N43 the main Lens to Bethune road.


1914/15 Star

Charles William Cole was was awarded the 1914/15 star campaign medal of the British Empire for his service in World War One.

This Star is identical to the 1914 Star in every respect except that the centre scroll bears the dates “1914- 15” and the two small scrolls bearing “Aug” and “Nov” are omitted.

British War Medal and Victory Medal

He would also have received the British War Medal and Victory Medal, as it was not awarded singularly.

Eligibility for the Victory Medal consisted of having been mobilised, fighting, having served in any of the theatres of operations, or at sea, between midnight 4th/5th August, 1914, and midnight, 11th/12th November, 1918. Women who served in any of the various military organisations in a theatre of operations were also eligible.

The Victory Medal (British Empire campaign medal) was issued for services between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918.

This medal was automatically awarded in the event of death on active service before the completion of this period.

These three medals were sometimes irreverently referred to as Pip, Squeak and Wilfred. With Pip representing either the 1914/15 Star or the 1914 Star, only one of which could be awarded to a soldier, Squeak represented the British War Medal and Wilfred represented the Victory Medal.


Alfred (1845-1926)and Emma Cole, maiden name Munday (1845-1904)

Military Information:

2nd Battalion Worcester Regiment

04.08.1914 Stationed at Aldershot at the outbreak of war as part of the 5th Brigade of the 2nd Division.
14.08.1914 Mobilised for war and landed at Boulogne and were engaged in actions on the Western Front including;
The Battle of Mons and subsequent retreat, The attack on Givenchy, the Battle of Festubert, The Battle of Loos.
20.12.1915 Transferred to the 100th Brigade of the 33rd Division.
During 1916
The Battle of Albert, The Battle of Bazentin, attacks on High Wood, The battle of Delville Wood and The capture of Boritska and Dewdrop Trenches.
During 1917 The First Battle of the Scarpe, The Second Battle of the Scarpe, The actions on the Hindenburg Line, Operations on the Flanders coast (Operation Hush), The Battle of the Menin Road Ridge, The Battle of Polygon Wood.
During 1918
The Battle of Messines, The Battle of Hazebrouck, The Battle of Bailleul, The defence of Neuve Eglise, The First Battle for Kemmel Ridge, The fighting for and recapture of Ridge Wood, The Battle of the Epehy, The Battle of the St Quentin Canal, The Battle of the Beaurevoir Line, The Battle of Cambrai, The pursuit to the Selle, The Battle of the Selle.
11.11.1918 Ended the war in France, Petit Maubeuge N.W. of Avesnes

Other Information

Alfred and Emma Cole the parents of Charles are buried in St George’s Church, Falfield. Alfred is buried in Row “B04”  Emma died in 1904 but no records can be found to established whether she is buried in the same plot as Alfred.

Family History

Charles had a total of four sisters and five brothers. Charles and seven of his brothers and sisters were baptised in St George’s Church. His parents moved from Peddington, Nr Berkeley sometime prior to 1877 as Samuel Robert, Alfred and Emma’s third child was their first child to be baptised in St George’s Church. From 1881 onwards the Cole family were living in Falfield. Ellen Louisa and James Alfred were baptised in Berkeley Church.

Credits: St George’s Church Baptism and Burial Records, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Ancestry website, forces-war-records.co.uk , scribes-alcove

If anyone believes that any of the information above is incorrect or has information to add to Charles William Cole then please email webmaster@falfield.org.uk


Ellen Louisa
(circa 1869-

James Alfred
(circa 1871-1913)
Buried in St George’s churchyard

Elizabeth Emma
(circa 1874-)

Samuel Robert
(circa 1887-1887)
Buried in St George’s churchyard

Charles William
(circa 1877-1915)

Mary Eliza
(circa 1881- )

(circa 1883-)

Anna (Hannah)
(circa 1885- )

(circa 1888 - )

(1890- )

British War Medal

Victory Medal


Memorial Plaque    


1914-15 Star

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