Major John Graham Coats

Biography of Major John Graham Coats

John Graham Coats was born on the 14th of January 1886 to Helen Graham and John Jackson Coats, a Glasgow solicitor. Coats was the oldest of four brothers, all of whom studied at the University of Glasgow.

After completing his schooling at Fettes College, Coats matriculated at the University in 1904, living at home (27 Woodside Place, Glasgow) throughout his studies. From 1906 onwards Coats followed in his father’s footsteps by studying Law; his best subject was Scots Law, for which Coats won a prize in 1908. Coats graduated BL on the 17th of November 1910.

After graduating, Coats underwent a legal apprenticeship; by 1914 he had become a Writer (i.e. a solicitor).

Coats was a volunteer with the 1st/9th Highland Light Infantry prior to the outbreak of war in 1914. He therefore began the War as a Captain, and was amongst the earliest soldiers sent to the Western Front: he was awarded the 1914 Star, given only to soldiers deployed there before the 23rd of November 1914. Coats was later attached to the 6th Highland Light Infantry, and served in Egypt as well as the Western Front. By the time Coats left the Army, he had been promoted to Major.

With the restoration of peace, Coats resumed his career as a Writer.


Major John Graham Coats
Rank: Major
Regiment: 9th Highland Light Infantry
Degree: BL
Awards: 1914 Star
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Fettes College Roll of Honour

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