Canadian Virtual War Memorial

William Robert Cole

In memory of:

Group Captain William Robert Cole

October 23, 1967

CFB Chatham, New Brunswick

Military Service

Service Number:





Air Force


CFB Chatham


Canadian Forces Decoration

Additional Information


April 20, 1923
Wapila, Saskatchewan


September 20, 1949

Son of William John and Marjorie Cole. Husband of Hilde A.C. Father of Wayne R, Jack T, Catherine L and Richard L. Cole. Brother of Percy, Patricia Cole and Marjorie Donais.

Commemorated on Page 133 of the In the Service of Canada Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Ontario, Canada

Grave Reference:

Grave 522, Section T

Digital Collection

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  • Wreckage– On June 29, 2018 a group of 30 people on a guided ATV tour hiked up the mountain to view the crash site of G/C William Robert Cole. We felt honour and pride.
  • Memorial– The attached memorial was installed at Group Captain W.R. Cole`s crash site on October 20, 2012. A full memorial service was held at this location by members of CFB Gagetown and myself on the 45th anniversary of the tragedy October 23, 2012. The aircraft displayed on the memorial is the actual Sabre involved in the incident.

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