Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Date of Death: 30/09/1918
Regiment/Service: Cameron Highlanders (5th Bn.)
Cemetery: Dadizeele New British Cemetery
Additional information: Son of Robert and Henrietta Coats of 65 Cambuslang Road, Rutherglen.
Rutherglen Lore information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Coats, 65 Cambuslang Road, Rutherglen.
Soldier’s Effects information: Father Robert Coates Esq. Brothers Robert A Coates Esq. and Andrew A Coates Esq.
De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour Information: Eldest son of Robert Coats of 65 Cambuslang Road, Rutherglen, by his wife Henrietta, dau. of Robert Aird of Wishaw; b 5 October 1896 in Rutherglen; educ. Burgh Public School; was employed as a clerk; joined the Glasgow Highlanders 1 Sept. 1915; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from April 1916; was wounded at the Battle of the Somme the following July and invalided home; returned to France in Dec. and was wounded at Arras 20 May 1917 being again invalided home; went back to France in Sept., but was recalled in Nov. to train for a commission; was gazette 2nd Lieut. Cameron Highlanders 26 June 1918; joined his unit in France the following month and was killed in action at Slip Wood, north-west of Ledeghem and east of Ypres 20 Sept. of the same year. Buried where he fell. Col. Inglis wrote: “Your son, although he had only just joined the battalion, had succeeded in making himself most popular with all ranks in the battalion and had proved himself a most efficient officer.
1901 census information:
Address: 4 Eastfield View, Rutherglen.
Father: Robert (29) railway carter, born about 1872 in Cambusnethan.
Mother: Henrietta (35) born about 1866 in Wishaw.
Self: Thomas (4) born about 1897 in Rutherglen.
Brother: Robert A (3) born about 1898 in Rutherglen.
Brother: Andrew A (1) born about 1900 in Rutherglen.