Wells-Cole, Neville William

He was the second son of Gervas Frederic Wells-Cole (E1875-1879) and Mary Beatrice Wells-Cole (daughter of Charles Brook), of Stones Place, near Lincoln. His younger brother, Victor Henry Wells-Cole, also attended Winchester (G1910- 1914). He arrived at Winchester from a preparatory school at Hindhead, and was a Commoner Prefect in his last year. He played in Lords in 1909 and 1910, being an excellent left-hand bowler – the best seen in many years – and he also played for the Public Schools. After Winchester, playing at Lord’s for the RA against the RE, he made a half-century, including two sixes. He also represented the Public Schools, the MCC, and Lincolnshire.

He passed into Woolwich in 1910 and obtained a commission in the Royal Field Artillery. He went to France on August 21st 1914 with the RFA, and served through the Retreat from Mons. He was tranferred in the following January to the Royal Horse Artillery as a Captain, serving at the front continuously for three and a half years, and was mentioned in Despatches in May 1915 for his part in the Second Battle of Ypres.

In September 1917, he took command of 65th Howitzer Battery in 28 Brigade of the RFA. 28 Brigade was an Army Brigade, not attached to any particular division but used to support major operations. He fell at Langemarck on January 6th 1918, aged twenty-six, and is buried in grave III.G.2 of the Canada Farm Cemetery.

His photograph appeared in the roll of honour in the Illustrated London News of February 2nd 1918.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Wells-Cole
  • Forenames or initials: Neville William
  • House: G
  • Years in School: 1905-1910
  • Rank: Major
  • Regiment: Royal Field Artillery
  • Date of Birth: 30th November 1891
  • Date of Death: 6th January 1918
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer D2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: CANADA FARM CEMETERY: Grave III.G.2