Coleshill Remembers World War 1
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Entry for L/Corporal Oliver Randle
10th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
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Oliver Jephcott Randle was born in 1890 in Great Wolford to Fred and Mary Ann Randle. He enlisted at Coventry, stating he lived at 13 Coventry Road, Coleshill, and joined the 10th battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, service number 16635. Lance Corporal Randle was killed in action on 18 November 1916 and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.
Coleshill Chronicle 23rd December 1916 Information was received a few days ago by Reserve-Police constable and Mrs F Randle, of Coventry Road, Coleshill, that their son, Lance-Corporal O Randle, of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, was wounded in action, in France, on November 18th. Prior to enlisting in H.M. Forces Lance-Corporal Randle was a police-constable in the Coventry City Force.
Coleshill Chronicle 22nd December 1917 COLESHILL SOLDIER MISSING Mr and Mrs Fred Randle, of Coventry Road, Coleshill, have received official intimation that their son Lce.-corpl. Oliver Randle (27), has been missing since November 18th, 1916, and the Army Council conclude that his death took place on that date, killed in action at Grandecourt. Before enlisting in the army Lce.-corpl. Randle was in the Coventry City Police Force, and a letter of sympathy to Mr and Mrs Randle was sent by the Chief Constable for that city with an expression of regret at the loss sustained by the county and the force.
I am a great niece of Oliver J Randle and I now live in Coleshill. I am researching the Randle family tree and would like to know when Oliver joined Coventry Police prior to him enlisting as a soldier. I have been to the Thiepval memorial in France to view his name and walk the fields where he was killed;a very moving experience. I am also anxious to trace the war diary to try and find out how he died. My grandmother , Frances, was very close to her big brother Oliver. Apparently there are 2 Randle families in Coleshill; I would love to get in touch. My family plan to attend the'vigil' for Oliver on 18th November and are very grateful for this opportunity to honour out Great Uncle's memory. Will try and arrange for a photograph of Oliver to appear on the website.