Registered at birth as MARK AITKEN McINTYRE.


Born: 23rd June 1890, 57, Portfield Street, Hereford, Herefordshire.

Died: 15th August 1917; age 27; KiA at the Battle of Hill 70, Lens, France.

Occupation: a Store Keeper.

Enlistment Location: Swift Current, Saskatoon, Canada; Date: 22nd September 1915; age: 25 years & 3 months; Religion: Methodist. Signed up for Duration of War. Height: 5ft 6 1/2 ins, dark complexion, blue eyes & black hair.



Embarked from Canada – 1st November 1916.

Arrived in England – 11th November 1916.

Transferred to 9th Reserve Battalion – 5th December 1916, at St. Martin’s Plain.

Proceeded overseas from Bramsholt – 13th April 1917 for service with 10th Battalion.

Reverted to ranks – own request – 13th April 1917 from Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant to Private.

Arrived France – 14th April 1917.

Arrived in the field – 10th Battalion – 20th April 1917.

Wounded – Gun Shot Would to left arm – 28th April 1917 – No.8. Stationary Hospital.

No. 1 Convalescent Depot, Marlborough Camp, Bologne – 6th May 1917.

3rd Large Rest Camp, Marlborough, Boulogne – 7th May 1917.

From hospital to field – 10th Battalion – 19th May 1917.

Killed in Action – 15th August 1917.


Illness – at Swift Current – Scarlett Fever – complete isolation – 1st April 1916 – 10th May 1916.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 252036

Regiment: Canadian Infantry, Alberta Regiment, 10th Battalion.

Formerly for 4 years with the Suffolk Regiment T.F., 4th Battalion, at Ipswich.


Memorial Reference:

Vimy Memorial,

Pas de Calais,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mary Coles, of 77, Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich.




1891   70, Park Street, Hereford, Herefordshire.


Mark was 9 months old, and living with his maternal aunt & cousins.

Mary Coles, 39, born Fife, Dunfermline, Fife-shire, Scotland.

Catherine Mary Coles, 15, a Dressmaker’s Apprentice, born Hastings, East Sussex.

Emma Coles, 12, born Scotland.

Grace Coles, born Scotland.

James McIntyre Coles, 4, born Ireland.


1901   204, Cemetery Road, Ipswich.


Recorded as 10 year old, John Meldrum, and a visitor. He was living with his aunt & uncle + cousins.

William Coles, 66, a Foreman – Breadmaker, Cook & Confectioner, born Gravesend, Kent.

Mary, 48.

James, 14.

Leslie Coles, 5, born Ipswich.


1911   36, High Street, Ipswich.


Recorded as Jack Coles, and a nephew, he was 20 years old, an Engineer’s Clerk – Assistant Storekeeper. He was living with his widowed aunt & cousins.

Mary, 58, a Boarding House Keeper – own account.

James, 24, a Journeyman Confectioner – Bakery, Confectionary & General Grocer.

Leslie Coles, 15, an Engineer – Lathe Operator.

2 boarders.


Mother: Jessie Meldrum McIntyre, born Augsut 1856, Dumfermline, Fife-shire, Scotland.



Jack was 21 years old, a Store Keeper when he departed from the Port of Liverpool, travelling on the S.S.’Teutonic’. He arrived on the 26th April 1913 at the Port of Quebec, Canada. Jack’s destination was Saskatoon.


On the 25th June 1915, 25 year old Jack M. Coles, a Labourer – Wood, from Swift Current, Saskatoon travelled from the Port of Victoria, B.C. to Seattle, Washington. He recorded his next of kin: mother – Mary Coles.


Military Will to Mary Coles.

The Memorial Cross, Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll to Mary Coles.


Jack is also remembered on the war memorial at St. John the Baptist Church, Ipswich, and at Northgate High School. Formerly Ipswich Grammar School for Boys. Jack is also remembered on the Saskatoon Football Association Memorial and the Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial. Jack is remembered on the headstone of his aunt Mary & uncle William Coles + cousin Catherine Mary (Poppie) Coles, at Ipswich Old Cemetery, Section D. Cousin James McIntyre Coles was laid to rest in 1927, in the next plot.


Canadian Infantry, Alberta Regiment, 10th Battalion:





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