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William Harold COATS

Regimental number3700
Place of birthBrompton, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBricklayer
AddressCoglin Street, Brompton Park, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 4.25"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Coats, Coglin Street, Brompton Park, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT RMS Malwa on 2 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 10 July 1916
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John Thomas and Annie COATS
Discharge date19 October 1916
Other details

War service: Egypt

Admitted to 13th Field Ambulance, Tel el Kebir, 9 March 1916 (aural), and transferred same day to 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital (otitis media); discharged, 10 March 1916.

Found guilty, 14 April 1916, of while on Active Service disobeying an order given by an NCO: forfeited 4 days' pay.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, Ferry Post, 5 May 1916 (dysentery); transferred to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 12 May 1916 (otitis media); rejoined Bn, Ferry Post, 23 May 1916.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, 3 June 1916; transferred same day to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Abbassia.

Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board HT 'Clan McGillivray' for discharge (deafness), 10 July 1916; discharged (medically unfit), Adelaide, 19 October 1916.

War service: 1 year 79 days (of which 258 days were abroad)

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death30 July 1937
Age at death44
Place of burialWest Terrace Cemetery, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, COATS William Harold

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