Battle of Waterloo

John Cole: A soldier who served there.

A tablet dedicated to John Cole, a soldier who fought at the Battle of Waterloo
Ronnie Pigram
All Saints Church. North Benfleet.
Ronnie Pigram

Situated at the porch entrance of All Saints Churchyard, North Benfleet, is a tablet dedicated to a soldier who fought at the Battle of Waterloo.

The Archivist of the Grenadier Guards provided the following information and for which I record my sincere thanks.

John Cole was born in Rochford, circa 1785.  He enlisted for service on 10th December 1813.  He gave his occupation as a labourer, was described as 5ft 9 and a half inches tall, with brown hair, hazel eyes and a sallow complexion.  He had previously been in the West Essex Militia.  At Waterloo he was in the 2nd Battalion, Lt. Col. Barclay’s company.  He was discharged at the end of his engagement on 9th December 1820.

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  • My husband was Secretary of the Essex Branch of the Grenadier Guards Association and in the early 1980’s the grave of John Cole was brought to his attention. Subsequently the Branch arranged for the headstone to be restored and re-cut and a service was held in All Saints Church attended by former Grenadiers and marked by a bugler from the Regiment in full uniform playing the Last Post. It was a lovely tribute.

    By Beryl Hayes (28/04/2020)
  • I live in Belgium, not far from Waterloo. Before moving here I lived in Leigh-on-Sea. Have been researching the Cole family from Suffolk for years, would like to find out more about John Cole.

    By Peter Cole (05/07/2015)
  • Has anyone more about John Cole? Please contact me.

    By Peter Cole (20/06/2015)
  • Does Cole have any connection with Coles’ in North Carolina U S A?

    By Peter Cameron (20/07/2012)

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