William Cole from Adwick was one of many local Doncaster men who joined up in the First World War. He joined the 12th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment as a private and went off to fight in France. We know nothing of William’s life before then, and nothing of his experiences in the army. All we know is that he died in the horrors of the first day of the first Battle of the Somme, 1st of July 1916, aged 27.
How wonderful it would be if someone somewhere has memories or reminders of William that could bring him to life again for a new generation.