WW1 Project Arthur Evans COOLE <BACK

Warnham Address

Date & Place of Birth
Q1 1900 Horsham


32nd Sikh Pioneers
2nd Lt.
Regimental No(s)

Service Record
stationed at Sailkot, Pujab, India

14th May 1919, Fort Pit Hospital Chatham. Buried Warnham
War Memorial, CWGC, 1901 census

Son of Arthur Cook Coole and Sarah Harriet Coole of Heatherleigh, 8 North Parade, Horsham

Warnham Warbler article - Nov 2011 - by Sue Overton
A formidable monument has been erected over the grave of 2nd Lt Arthur Evans Coole. He was 19 and had just returned from India, and died on 14 May 1919 at Fort Pitt Hospital, Chatham, presumably from an illness contracted abroad. His death is particularly poignant. His father, Arthur Evans Coole, was a solicitor who, together with Frank Haddock, started the local firm of Coole and Haddock in 1898. Arthur's first wife, Ellen, died in 1897 aged 51 and childless. Two years later, when he was 58, he married Sarah, an Australian, who at the age of 42 produced what must have been a longed for child. This boy is recorded in 1911 as a boarder at Springfield Park School, his parents living nearby at Heatherleigh, North Parade. When their only child, Arthur junior, died in 1919 his father and mother were 75 and 61. The CWGC gives his nationality as 'Indian' but I am sure this is wrong. He was in the 32nd Sikh Pioneers who saw active service in France and it may be that he had joined as a regular soldier.