Coates, George Richard: Service no. 775932

Digitized Service Record

Source: Per Machine Patrice original research this soldier’s inscription on a wall/structure in France. Posted by the author at the 18th Battalion Facebook Group. See photograph.

Photo of inscription made by Private Coates in France. Photograph from Machin Patrice. Posted to the 18th Battalion Facebook Group.

Below are screen captures of Google Maps showing the position of the location of this inscription. The large area map shows relative position to the City of Lens (to the East) and the general area of service for the 18th Battalion. The satellite image shows a relative close-up of the area in which the inscription is located, giving it a more personal context. What was Private Coates doing when he inscribed his name? Was he on a pass relaxing or was the Battalion moving up to the Front for active service? The GPS coordinates for this inscription is 50.420123, 2.668404.

Coates Attached to Town Major

Rejoins Battalion

These to captures of Private Coates’ service record show an interesting assignment. He is assigned to the Town Major in charge of Neuville-St.-Vaast in February 16 to the 23rd of February. Could it be that during this time he inscribed his name in the rock in the picture above?

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