Remembrance - The Yorkshire Regiment, First World War
2nd Lieutenant Harold Brearley COATES
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2nd Lieutenant Harold Brearley COATES.
7th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Henry and Julia Coates, of 15, Sutherland Avenue, Johannesburg, South Africa. Killed 1 July 1916.Aged 20.
Buried DANTZIG ALLEY BRITISH CEMETERY, MAMETZ.
(From the Medal Rolls Index card for Lieutenant Coates it can be seen that although his parents lived in South Africa, his grandfather lived in Shirley Park Road, Harrogate.
Lieutenant Coates was born in Barnsley on 10 January 1896 and educated at Oundle School.)
We are very grateful to Avalon Eastman of the Oundle School Roll of Honour website for permission to use the photo of Lieutenant Coates. She also provides the following biographical information;-
Harold Brearley Coates was the only son of H Coates of Johannesburg and grandson of Thomas Coates of Harrogate, Yorkshire. He was born in Barnsley on 10th January 1896 and entered Oundle School (Dryden House) in September 1909, leaving in December 1914. His intention had been to study medicine.
He obtained a commission in the Yorkshire Regiment and fell in action on July 1st 1916, the first day of the battle of the Somme.
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