Frederick Charles Percy Cole (1879-1954)

Frederick Charles Percy Cole was a Borough Librarian of Huddersfield.


He was born on 14 February 1879 in Worcestershire, the son of warehouseman John Cole.

He was one of 44 applicants for the role of Assistant Librarian at the Huddersfield Public Library and Art Gallery and was awarded the job in January 1898 on an annual salary of £70.[1]

He was appointed the Borough Librarian for Huddersfield in 1909 and remained in the role until 1924.

He married Ellen Julia Martin (1878-?)[2], the daughter of John Martin, on 15 March 1909 in Huddersfield.[3]

At the time of the 1911 Census, they were residing at 22 Armitage Road in Birkby.

During his time in Huddersfield, it is believed he was involved with local amateur dramatics.

In 1924 he was appointed the City Librarian for Plymouth Public Libraries[4] and, by 1939, he was residing with his wife at 34 Endsleigh Park Road.

The libraries in Plymouth lost around 75,000 books as a result of German bombing during World War Two and Cole made a newspaper appeal for locals to donate their books to the library.[5] By March 1942, over 12,000 volumes had been donated.[6]

Frederick Charles Percy Cole died aged 75 on 25 October 1954 at the South Devon and East Cornwall Hospital, Plymouth.[7]


Notes and References

  1. "Huddersfield County Borough Council" in Huddersfield Daily Chronicle (20/Jan/1898).
  2. Born 15 August 1878 in Chiswick, Middlesex.
  3. Frederick's occupation is given as "Sub-Librarian".
  4. "Librarian's Appointment" in Yorkshire Post (02/Dec/1924).
  5. "A German Helps: Books for Plymouth's Blitzed Library" in Exeter and Plymouth Gazette (03/Oct/1941).
  6. "Plymouth's Bombed Library" in Taunton Courier and Western Advertiser (28/Mar/1942).
  7. His probate record recorded affects to the value of £582.