Image from the Evening Star newspaper, 20th April 1942 

Born: 7th October 1909, Shotley, Suffolk.

Died: 15th July 1943; age: 32; Japanese PoW – Thailand – Burma Railway.

Captured 15th February 1942.

Residence: 14, Campbell Road, Ipswich.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 5828150.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion – Infantry.


Grave Reference:


Kanchanaburi War Cemetery,



Image courtesy of Kevin Knights.

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Robert & Alice Coates; husband of Eveline Mary Coates, of  Ipswich.




1911   Orwell Brickyard, Shotley, Suffolk.


Charles was a year old and living with his mother & siblings.

Alice Coates, 40, born Nightingale Road, Road, Wood Green, London.

Constance Alice Coates, 8, born Ipswich.

Gladys Emma Coates, 3, born Shotley.


In 1911, Charles’s father, Robert Thomas Coates, was 51 years old, a Master Mariner, on his sailing barge ‘Cygnet’ at Ipswich Dock. The ‘Cygnet’ was from Hare’s Creek, Shotley, Suffolk. Robert was born at Snape, Suffolk.


In 1932, Shotley, Suffolk, Charles married Eveline Mary Gibson, born July 1912, in the district of Woodbridge, Suffolk.

They had 4 children.


Charles’s father, Robert Thomas Coates, died 1934, Shotley. His mother Alice Coates, died 1936, Shotley.

4th Battalion:
The Battalions were attached to the 18th East Anglian Division.
15 February 1942: After the fall of Singapore, approximately 620 of the Battalions were taken POW and later mostly died on the Burma-Thailand Railway.


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