Edward George Cool

Date of birth: 15th January 1890
Place of birth: Shirley, Southampton
Regiment / Division: Royal Naval Air Service
Vessel: HMS President II
Rank / Service No: Private 1st Class, 211859
Died: 19th October 1918, aged 28 years
Commemorated: Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery (Naval.4.190)



Edward was one of 16 siblings born to George and Sarah JANE Cool (nee Benham), who married in Lymington in 1878.

Unfortunately, 11 of the 16 children died young; details of 12 are available here.


George was born in Brockenhurst in 1842 and died in Southampton in 1914. Jane was born in Shirley in 1856 and she passed away in the city in 1931.

The family lived at 8 Coxford Hill, Shirley Warren.



John Herbert   b. 1880 Shirley   d. 1949 Kent   Married Edith Mary Amos in Eastry, Kent in 1907.

Lilian Eveline Maud   b. 1881 Shirley   d. 1881 Shirley

Florence Ethel   b. 1883 Shirley   d. 1954 Winchester   Married James O’Halloran in Southampton in 1909.

Ida May   b. January 1886 Shirley   d. January 1886 Shirley

Unnamed   b. October 1886 Shirley d. October 1886 Shirley

Elsie   b. April 1888 Shirley   d. 1894 Shirley

Edward George

Mabel Agnes   b. 1892 Shirley   d. 1968 Southampton   Married Sylvan House in Southampton in 1919.

Rosalie   b. 1895 Shirley   d. 1896 Shirley

Mary Janet   b. 1897 Shirley   d. 1898 Shirley

Henry   b. 1899 Shirley   d. 1981 Worthing   Married Elizabeth Williams in Southampton in 1927.


Edward volunteered in February 1915 and was attested into the royal Naval Air Service on 15 February 1916.

He was not successful in securing a transfer overseas because of an illness contracted in the Service.

He was based at the Chatham shore base HMS President II and became a member of the RAF on 1 April 1918.


Edward died in the Royal Naval Hospital, Windmill Road, Gillingham of pneumonia.


The cemetery holds many naval deaths from that hospital; it holds 835 burials and commemorations from WW1, 82 of which are unidentified.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 24th June 2016


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