Emily Helena Cole


Queen Alexandra's Imperial Nursing Service.
She is remembered with honour on the Scottish National War Memorial, Queen Alexandra's Military Hospital Memorial, Millbank, London (later removed to the Royal Garrison Church, Aldershot) and the Helensburgh War Memorial, Column 1 Line 14.

Her widowed mother lived at Sunnyside Cottage, Helensburgh from 1905 - 1914.
The daughter of Mr C.J. and Mrs E.H. Cole.
Siblings: One older sister.
EmilycoleEmily Cole (known as Helena by her family) was born in South Africa, the second daughter of C.J. Cole, a colonial government contractor, and Mrs E.H. Cole. On the death of her father, the family returned to Bournemouth where Emily attended the Knole Hall High School. On leaving school she trained as a nurse at the British East India Company's Poplar Hospital from 1908 to 1911.
She enlisted in the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Nursing Service in January, 1912. At the outbreak of war, she was sent to the No. 14 Hospital at Wimeraux, Bologne. She died of cerebro-spinal fever in February, 1915 aged 32. Emily was awarded the 1914 Star, and posthumously, the British War and Victory Medals.