Captain (Temp Comm) John Humphrey James Victor Coats

Biography of Captain (Temp Comm) John Humphrey James Victor Coats

On the 10th of September 1883, John Coats was born in Cape Town, South Africa. His father, Lt. Col. James Coats, had studied medicine and surgery at the University of Glasgow before joining the Royal Army Medical Corps.

By the time Coats began his studies at the University in 1901, the family had returned to Scotland. Coats followed his father’s example, studying medicine. During this time he alternated between travelling in from his home in Ayr and living in various locations in the West End of Glasgow. He graduated MB ChB on the 10th of October 1912.

The Royal Army Medical Corps was the natural choice for Coats to serve in. Whilst Coats was only in the Corps from 1915 to 1916, during that time he provided medical care to wounded troops in Ypres, Salonica (Thessaloniki), and Egypt. Serving in these locations means Coats would likely have aided casualties of British action against all four of the Central Powers – Germany, Austra-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire, and Bulgaria.

After the War Coats moved to England; at the time of his father’s death in 1919 he was practicing medicine in Grimsby. By 1922 he had moved to 188 Sherlock Street, Birmingham, where he remained for approximately 13 years. Lastly, Coats moved to Amisfield House, Hipperholme, Halifax in 1934. He died on the 8th of February 1937 in Halifax, aged 53.


Captain (Temp Comm) John Humphrey James Victor Coats
Rank: Captain (Temp Comm)
Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps
Degree: MB ChB
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Obit. in Glasgow Medical Journal, 1937, vol. 9, p.128

Father's obit. in Glasgow Medical Journal, 1919, vol. 91, p.344

Information supplied by Jan Chojecki

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