In 1841 Daniel Cole (15) was with his parents in Collingbourne Kingston.
In 1861 Daniel Cole (35) of Collingborn Wilts, railway guard, and wife Charlotte (36) of Limply Stoke Wilts, were living at 5 Welley Court Bedminster Somerset. Present was daughter Elizabeth (1) of Bristol.
"THE FATAL ACCIDENT TO A RAILWAY GUARD.—Last week we briefly reported the occurrence of an accident, on the 19th inst., at Ashchurch, by which a guard was killed. An inquest was held at the National School-room, Ashchurch, on Saturday, the 21st Sept. on the deceased, whose name was Thomas Smith, a railway guard, in the employ of of the Midland Railway Company....
Daniel Cole said: I am a guard in the employ of the Midland Railway Company, and I live at 11, Somerset-place, Bristol. I have been in the employ of the company for more than twenty-two years. The deceased was also a guard in the same employ and had been so for many years. He lived in Gloucester. On Thursday, the 19th inst., deceased and myself were guards in charge of a train of empty railway carriages, which had been brought from Alcester by an engine in charge of Solomon Yates, an engine-driver, and William Ford as fireman. We left Alcester with eight carriages and one break, besides engine and tender, at 11.14 at night. We at Evesham to take up carriages, making the number 16 carriages, two breaks, and engine and tender. The train was due at Ashchurch at 11.45, but we did not arrive until 12.18. The signals were right for coming into the siding of the station. The distance signal showed a white light, and the semaphore a green light. I was in the van at the rear of the train, and the deceased was in the break van next the tender. I found we were coming in too fast, and I applied the break as much as I could. The first thing I knew of the train coming into collision was a severe shock, which I was somewhat prepared for, because I knew we were coming in at too great a speed. I got out and went up to the front of the train, and then found three carriages off the line, and two of them up an embankment, and the engine had gone over the blocks. I looked for the deceased, and could just see his head crushed between the tender and the broken carriages. I believe he was dead..."
Gloucester Journal, 28 September 1867.
In 1871 Daniel Cole (43) of Collingbourne Wilts, married, patient, was in District Bristol Infirmary, St. James Gloucestershire.
Daniel Cole died aged 47 years. 3