Rank: Private 20371
Regiment: "A" Coy. 8th Bn., Devonshire Regiment
Budleigh Salterton Roll of Honour, Budleigh Salterton War Memorial, St Peter's Church War Memorial
Other Memorial: Niederzwehren Cemetery, Hessen, Germany VII.G.B. [Google]
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Born in Exmouth to George R Coates and Fanny Rebecca (Kent), Bertram lived there with them and his siblings. He married Ethel Gertrude Hitt, daughter of Henry Hitt of Budleigh Salterton, in 1910 and had a son, Bertram Stanley, and a daughter, Vera, who were living in Cliff Road by 1918 when a notice appeared in the local paper that Private Coates had died of wounds while a Prisoner of War in Gottingden, Germany. He had been serving with A Company of the 8th Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment. His brother-in-law John Henry Bell Hitt is featured in one of the photographs displayed in the Fairlynch Museum of those going off to war. He was a member of the Budleigh Salterton Football Club. His family remained in Budleigh Salterton and his daughter Vera, who had married Frederick W A Farrant, died there in 2001. He is remembered on the war memorial and the brass plaque in St Peter’s Church, and at the Niederzwehen Cemetery in central Germany.
Bertram Coates is listed under Serving at Home in the Budleigh Salterton Roll of Honour (date unknown). So he must have been deployed at a later date.
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