Basil Montgomery Coates (1893‒1915), student of Queens’ College, Cambridge was killed in action on the western front on 7 September 1915. He was a 2nd Lieutenant with the 10th Battalion (Service Battalion), the Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own) and his death is recorded on the Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium, which commemorates missing British and Commonwealth soldiers who fought in the Ypres Salient. He is also commemorated on war memorials at the Perse School, Cambridge; Queens’ College, Cambridge; St Mark’s, Cambridge and at the Guildhall Cambridge.

Basil Montgomery Coates
Basil Montgomery Coates

Basil was born on 10 September 1893. He was the only son of William Montgomery Coates and Susan Coates (née Webb). He was educated at King’s Choir School, Cambridge, The Perse School, Cambridge, and Oundle School. He then attended Queens’ College, Cambridge as a student in 1912. He volunteered shortly after the outbreak of war and served as 2nd Lieutenant in the 10th (Service Battalion), Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own). He was killed on 7 September 1915 while in action as a scout in enemy lines in France. His body was not recovered.

Basil Montgomery Coates report of death
Basil Montgomery Coates memorial




Coates grave
Coates grave



Lat Lon : 52.202199, 0.13619308 – click here for location

Parish : St Paul

See family grave page for more information




Census returns for England: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837‒1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837‒1915
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Information kindly provided by the following institutions: Queens’ College, Cambridge; Girton College, Cambridge; The Perse School, Cambridge; and Oundle School.

By Dr Jonathan Holmes, Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent

Basil Montgomery Coates