COATES, William Johnson W J
The eldest of 5 surviving children, others being Winifred, John Anthony, Reginald, & Norman Percival.
William worked for Walter Wilson's Grocery (as did his youngest brother Norman)
His family were strong Methodists, his father was choirmaster, & local preacher at Newgate Methodist Chrurch.
1st Nov 1918
Buried in the family plot, in the non conformist cemetery Birch Road (Main Gate a few graves down from the left side)
Teesdale Mercury 06.11.1918 Page 3: Column 2
Private W J Coates, died of double pneumonia on 1st November, at home
Caught the Spanish Flue in the Trenches, insisted he came home as he was due his leave & died shortly after at 38 Newgate.
Letter from William describes his leave in Leeds, where he went absent to go out with a 'tart'.