COATES, William Johnson W J

Service:
Army
Rank:
Private
Unit:
Sherwood Foresters
Place Enlisted:
Unknown
Service Number:
Unknown
Home Address:
Unknown
Family Details:

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.

Date of Birth:
Unknown
Place of Birth:
Unknown
Death:
1st Nov 1918
Place of Death
his home
Cause of Death:
double pneumonia
Place of Burial:
Buried in the family plot, in the non conformist cemetery Birch Road (Main Gate a few graves down from the left side)
Obituary:

Teesdale Mercury 06.11.1918 Page 3: Column 2

Private W J Coates, died of double pneumonia on 1st November, at home

Notes:

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'.

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