Image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle and Mercury newspaper

Born: 14th October 1888, St. Stephen’s, Ipswich.

Died on or since death presumed: 25th May 1915; age 27; KiA.

Residence: 11, Wingfield Street, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 16th January 1915 – France.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 3/9238

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion, ‘B’ Coy.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 1.

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial,







1891   11, Wingfield Street, Ipswich.


Arthur was 2 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Walter Coates, 38, a Groom – Brewers, born Wherstead, Suffolk.

Margaret Georgina Coates (nee Kemp), 33, born St. James, Westminster.

William Coates, 9, born Ipswich.

Walter Coates, 8, born Ipswich.

Elizabeth Margaret Coates, 6, born Ipswich.

Ethel Mabel Coates, 5, born Ipswich.

George Herbert Coates, 1, born Ipswich.


1901   11, Wingfield Street, Ipswich.


Arthur was 13 years old and living with his widowed father & siblings.

Walter, 46, a Coachman – Brewer.

William, 19, a Grocer’s Warehouseman.

Walter, 18, an Ironmonger’s Porter.

Elizabeth, 16, the Housekeeper – at home.

Ethel, 15, a Tailoress.

George, 12.

Frederick Ernest Coates, 10, born St. Stephen’s, Ipswich.

Florence May Coates, 6, born Ipswich.


Arthur’s mother, Margaret Georgina Coates, died 1895, Ipswich.


At the Ipswich Police Court, on the 6th October 1902, before the Mayor (A.C. Churchman, Esq.), R.D. Fraser, Esq., and G.F. Josselyn, Esq., 12 year old Arthur, of Wingfield Street, and his friend, 13 year old, Joseph John Bird, of Cromwell Street, were charged with throwing stones. On Wednesday, at five o’clock, Police-constable Brock was stationed in Foundation Street, in consequence of the annoyance caused to the inhabitants of the Almshouses through stone-throwing by boys in the neighbourhood. The officer saw about a dozen boys throwing rotten apples and stones at the Almshouses situated in Smart Street. Arthur and Joseph were caught, and the Mayor after cautioning them, said they would be fined 2s. 6d. each, or three days.

Tooley’s Almshouses.

Soldiers’ Effects to Walter Coates – father.

Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion:

Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements


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