William James Mole was the son of Edgar and Georgina Mole, Somerville, Nant Mawr Rd. In 1911 the family living at 1901 Daisy Hill were Edgar Mole 42 wheelwright b Norfolk; Georgina 47 b Bradford; Amy 21, Edward 19, William 17 b Kinnerton, Charles 16, George 14, Edgar 13, John 11, Edith 6. Edgar Mole died in 1930 and Georgina in 1949. Charles, Edgar, Edward and George also served and survived.
From his service record, we learn he was once a Brick Maker. William Mole attested in April 1914, aged 20 years 11 months. He embarked from Devonport on the 14th July 1915 and served in Gallipoli. He was admitted to hospital in August 1915 suffering from Dysentery. He later went to Egypt where he died of pneumonia in 26 Casualty Clearing Station. William served and survived hostilities the whole war, only to succumb to illness three days after the Armistice.
Records from the absent voters list showed four Mole brothers serving in the Army
Edward Mole Nant Mawr Rd 26110 Driver, Army Service Corps
William Mole ” 362672 Private, Labour Corps.
Charles Mole ” R146185 Rifleman, 6th London Regiment.
Edgar Mole ” 69422 Private, 3rd Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
A family story recounts that Edgar Mole was discharged with ill health, Charles was wounded and lost his big toe and that the youngest boy John was turned away by the recruiting officer when he tried to enlist in 1918 as he already had 5 brothers serving in the army. He was told to “Go back home to his Mother”. This confirms a family recollection that George (known to descendants as Richard George) was serving as well as those listed above.