Private Alexander Cole
On 5 September 1914, the Paisley & Renfrewshire Gazette reported:
Wounded Johnstone Man
Mr Cole, gardner to ex-Provost Lang, Lynnhurst, Johnstone, received word this week that his son, Alexander, a Private in the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, had arrived at Netley Hospital (a military hospital near Southampton) on Saturday 29th August and had been dangerously wounded. He was suffering from a gunshot wound on the right forearm.
The message had come from the depot of the regiment at Perth, the last letter home from the son having been on the 14th August from Boulogne. Private Cole, who was a reservist, saw three and a half years service at Malta with the First Battalion besides being stationed at home quarters and, when his battalion was ordered from Malta to India, 105 men who had not long to go with the colours were sent home and linked with the 2nd Battalion at Fort George.
Private Cole was one of that number and only left the battalion in March last, after having done nine years service. In Johnstone he was employed in McDowell's engineering works and was well liked among a large circle of friends.
Private Cole, who is 28 years of age, is unmarried and it is the wish of all that he will have a speedy recovery.