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Gilbert Stanley COATS

Regimental number3635
Date of birth3 October 1887
Place of birthUpper Sturt, South Australia
SchoolUpper Sturt Public School, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationLabourer
AddressUpper Sturt, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27.4
Height5' 9"
Weight162 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs W H Coats, Upper Sturt, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date11 January 1915
Place of enlistmentOaklands, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameInfantry Brigade 7, Field Ambulance 7, Section B
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/50/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 31 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 19 June 1919
Discharge date18 October 1919
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 17407 Pte Arnold Thomas COATS, 1st Field Ambulance, returned to Australia, 15 June 1919; 486 Alec Llewellyn COATS; 3532 Pte Norman Henry COATS, 3rd Light Horse, returned to Australia, 15 May 1919; 2586 Pte Frank Seymour COATS, 4th Division Ammunition Column, returned to Australia, 3 May 1919.
Other details

War service: embarked from Australia, 31 May 1915.

Proceeded to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force at Gallipoli, 4 September 1915.

Admitted to hospital, 7th Field Ambulance, 24 October 1915; transferred to St Andrew's Hospital, Malta, 2 November 1915; invalided to England, 25 November 1915, and admitted to War Hospital, Epsom, 4 December 1915 (enteric fever).

Married Janet ANDERSON, Edinburgh, Scotland, 27 May 1916.

Taken on strength, Australian Army Medical Corps Details, 28 July 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 21 August 1916; taken on strength, 1st Australian Field Ambulance, 11 September 1916.

Admitted to hospital sick (scabies), and transferred to 18th Casualty Clearing Station, 30 November 1916; to 20th General Hospital, Camiers (scabies and enteric fever), 4 December 1916; transferred to 6th Convalescent Depot, Camiers, 28 December 1916; marched in to Australian General Base Depot, Etaples, 19 February 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 9 March 1917.

Found guilty of being absent without leave, Monte Video, Weymouth, England, from 30 June to 12 July 1917: awarded 14 days' confinement to barracks and forfeiture of 13 days' pay, 15 September 1917. On leave, 8-25 November 1917. Admitted to hospital sick (bronchitis), 4 January 1918; admitted to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station, Boulogne, 11 January 1918; transferred to England, 21 January 1918, and admitted to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 12 February 1918; transferred to No. 3 Convalescent Depot, Hurdcott, 28 February 1918; marched out to AAMC Training Depot, 3 May 1918.

Found guilty of being absent without leave, 14-16 May 1918: awarded forfeiture of 5 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 25 May 1918. Rejoined unit in the field, 31 May 1918.

Admitted sick to hospital (bronchitis), 26 October 1918; rejoined unit, 30 October 1918.

Admitted sick (bronchitis) to 1st Australian General Hospital, Rouen, 17 November 1918; transferred to Kitchener Military Hospital, Brighton, England, 26 November 1918; discharged, 19 December 1918, granted furlough and ordered to report to No. 1 Convalescent Depot.

Reported back from furlough, 2 January 1919; sick to hospital, 5 February 1919.

Commenced return to Australia; disembarked, 18 August 1919; discharged, 18 October 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSurname entered incorrectly on Embarkation Roll as COATES.
Date of death13 October 1971
Age at death84
Place of burialVictor Harbor Cemetery, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, COATS Gilbert Stanley

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