Born: 1881, Wickham Market, Suffolk.

Died: 25th September 1917; age 36; Died of Wounds – from shock following a burst of enemy shell.

Residence: 23, Cauldwell Avenue, Ipswich.

Occupation: a Postman for the General Post Office.

Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; Date: 7th December 1915; Age: 34 years & 3 months.


Home: 3rd July 1916 – 29th December 1916

BEF: 30th December 1916 – 25th September 1917.

Admitted to hospital 7th August 1917 – Myalgia.

Returned to unit & field 2nd September 1917.

Rank: Gunner; Service Number: 101744

Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery, 247th Siege Battery.

Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.

Grave Reference:


Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of Jessie Lucas (formerly Coates), of 23, Cauldwell Avenue, Ipswich.


1891   May’s Lane, Wickham Market, Suffolk.

Edmund was 9 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Elijah Coates, 54, a Millwright, born Hasketon, Suffolk.

Harriet Coates (nee Rattle), 48, born Dallinghoo, Suffolk.

George Coates, 15, an Apprentice Millwright, born Wickham Market.

Elijah Ernest Coates, 13, born Wickham Market.

Anna Rebekah Coates, 11, born Wickham Market.

Lottie Coates, 8, born Wickham Market.

Leonard Coates, 4, born Wickham Market.

1901   13, Stirling Street, Ipswich.

Edmund was 19 years old, a Postman – Civil Service. He was boarder at the home of 39 year old, John T. Setterfield, a Postman – Civil Service.

1911   23, Cauldwell Avenue, Ipswich.

Edmund was 29 years old, a Town Postman – Post Office. He was married and Head of the Household.

Jessie, 27.

Leonard, 5.

Percy, 4.

Edmund’s sister, Annie Coates, died of Typhoid Fever, on the 25th March 1893, at Tolwark Hospital, Long Ditton, Surrey. She was 23 years old, and the second daughter of Elijah and Harriet, of Wickham Market.

Edmund’s father, Elijah Coates, died 1902, Wickham Market.

On the 21st September 1904, at St. Michael’s Church, Framlingham, Suffolk, Edmund married Jessie Alice Carr, born 1884, Eyke, Suffolk, second daughter of the late William Carr, of Framlingham.

They had 2 sons:

Leonard Coates, born May 1905, Ipswich.

Percy Edmund Coates, born March 1907, Ipswich.

On the 9th February 1918, from Dover, Edmund’s personal effects were returned to Jessie Coates:

Disc, letters, photos, cards, wallet, religious book, metal watch & chain with medallion, hair brush in case, rosary, 2 shaving sticks, razor, razor strap, tin of tooth powder, knife, tin with cigarettes, 2 pairs of socks, 2 tablets of soap, purse, pair of scissors. key, button & a coin 1/4d.

Jessie Lucas signed for her late husband’s Victory & British War on the 12th October 1921.

Soldiers’ Effects to Jessie Lucas – widow.

Edmund is also remembered on the war memorial at the Royal Mail Centre, Commercial Road, Ipswich and at St. John the Baptist Church, Ipswich.

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Possible image of EDMUND COATES

Royal Garrison Artillery, 247th Siege Battery:

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