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  • Family headstone in Nottingham Road Cemetery, Mansfield
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Frederick James Coles was born in 1867 at Mansfield and was the son of the late Sgt Major Robert and Mary Coles. He was married in 1894 to Beatrice, Knight,they had the following children Doris May; 1896, Beatrice Maud; 1898, Hilda; 1899, Robert; 1902 and Jack in 1910. Lived at 24 Peel Crescent, Mansfield. In the 1911 census the family lived at 54 Welbeck Street, Mansfield and were shown as Frederick James 44 yrs a waggon shunter, he is living with his wife Beatrice 4 yrs and their children, Doris May 15 yrs a tin box cutter, Beatrice 13 yrs a scholar, Hilda 13 yrs Robert 9 yrs and Jack 6 months of age.
Waggoner Shunter at Shirebrook
26 Jun 1917
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Royal Defence Corps
Private Frederick James Coles, enlisted at Mansfield and initially served with the service number 20272 in the Sherwood Foresters Regiment. He was serving with the 159th Protection Company Royal Defence Corps, attached 33rd (Home Defence) Squadron Royal Flying Corps, he died at Grimsby on 26th June 1917. He is buried at Mansfield (Nottingham Road) Cemetery.
Death notice published 29th June 1917 in the Mansfield Reporter and Sutton Times : “COLES. – On the 26th June, at the Military Hospital, Private F. J. Coles, R.D.C. (attached 33rd H.D. Squadron, R.F.C.), North Coatis Fitties, Lincolnshire. Aged 50 years.” Article published 6th July 1917 in the Mansfield Reporter and Sutton Times :- “DEATH OF PRIVATE COLES. – We regret to have to report the death after a short illness of Private Frederick James Coles, of Thoresby Street, Mansfield, which occurred on June 26th. The deceased soldier who was well known in Mansfield, joined up in the early stages of the war and was drafted into 159 Company R.D.C., and was stationed on the North-East coast. He was very popular amongst his comrades with whom were several Mansfield men. He leaves a widow and four children. His father also was a soldier, and was present at the Battle of Pumiar 1843, the battles of Moodkee and Feposhah 1845, at Sabram 1846, with the army of the Sutledge at Ramnuggar. The passage of the Chenab, the actions of Sadovlapore, Chillian, Walla and Goojerat 1849, with the army of Punjaus. The funeral took place at Mansfield cemetery on Saturday afternoon. [30th June 1916] The coffin, which was draped with the Union Jack, was borne on a gun-carriage. Several beautiful wreaths were contributed by sympathising friends and relations. The burial service was impressively conducted by the Rev. Y. W. Seymour, and the funeral was directed by Mr. Henry Potts.” Above are courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918 This man is commemorated in a book of remembrance held by Mansfield District Council.
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  • Family headstone in Nottingham Road Cemetery, Mansfield
    F J Coles - Family headstone in Nottingham Road Cemetery, Mansfield