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William Arthur (Art) Cole


Chief Petty Officer, 3559, RCN


Born: 26 Jan 1920, East Looe, Cornwall, England


Died: 29 Sep 1945, Vancouver, British Columbia


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COLE, William Arthur, CPO, 3559, RCN, died - 29 Sep 1945, HMCS NADEN - Son of John and Edna Cole; husband of Joyce Cole (née Latta) all of Regina, SK.


Chief Petty Officer W. A. Cole died at Shaughnessy Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia of brain and spinal cord tumours. He is survived by his wife Joyce Cole. He was born in Cornwall, England. Cole died at Shaughnessy hospital, Vancouver, of brain and spinal cord tumours. William was working as a clerk for Great West Saddlery when he enlisted on January 15, 1940 at Esquimalt, British Columbia. William and his twin brother John Ward Cole, were both educated at Benson and Scott schools. They were the sons of William John and Edna Cole who came to Regina from Liskeard, Cornwall, England, about 1924.


CPO William Cole  He is buried in the Regina Cemetery, Regina, SK.


Ships served in:

HMCS ARRAS - Served in Arras 10 Jul 1940 - 27 Jan 1941 as an OS, RCN

HMCS ST LAURENT - Served in St Laurent 02 Jun 1941 - 08 Jul 1942 as an AB, RCN

HMCS SKEENA - Served in Skeena 21 Jul 1943 - 27 Mar 1944 as an A/PO, RCN

HMCS BEACON HILL - Served in Beacon Hill 17 May 1944 - 05 Jan 1945 as an A/PO and CPO, RCN.  Rated CPO 15 Jun 1944


William's brothers who also served in the RCN:  John Ward (Jack) Cole, Leslie Cole


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(1-2) Certificate of Service  (3) Wedding photo of Art and Joyce Cole  (4) Headstone of CPO Cole in the Regina Cemetery



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