Captain (Temp Comm) Douglas Hamilton Coats

Biography of Captain (Temp Comm) Douglas Hamilton Coats

On the 28th of August 1892 Douglas Hamilton Coats was born to Helen Graham and John Jackson Coats, a local solicitor. He was the youngest of four brothers, all of whom studied at the University of Glasgow. After attending Fettes College, Coats began his studies at the University of Glasgow in 1911. His first year subject choices were Zoology, Chemistry, Anatomy, Embryology, and Practical Histology; the following years saw Coats continue along the medical path.

When war broke out in 1914 Coats enlisted, but he was sent back to complete his medical training. There he remained until his graduation with an MB on the 8th of April 1916. Coats seems to have been quite admired by his classmates; the quote they selected to describe him in the Medical Final Year Dinner Book was “O Attic shape! Fair Attitude!” from Keats’ Ode on a Grecian Urn, suggesting he was known for his looks and good bearing.

Once qualified Coats instantly began to apply his knowledge, joining the Royal Army Medical Corps on the 4th of May 1916. Coats spent the duration of the War in India, and by mid-1917 had been promoted from a Lieutenant to a temporary Captain.

Coats remained in the Royal Army Medical Corps for the rest of his life, earning promotion to the rank of Major in May 1928. He died in London, on the 26th of April 1938.


Captain (Temp Comm) Douglas Hamilton Coats
Rank: Captain (Temp Comm)
Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps
Degree: MB ChB
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Obit. in British Medical Journal, 1938, vol. 1, p. 1139

Obit. in Glasgow Medical Journal, 1938, vol. 12, p.37

Information supplied by Jan Chojecki.

Fettes College Roll of Honour

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