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COATES – George Rifle Brigade 1st Battalion

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Rifle Brigade Cap Badge
NameCOATES – George
Regiment (s)Rifle Brigade 1st Battalion
Regiment Number (s) 985
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
22nd December 1831 / 21 years 8 months / London Middlesex England
Description – Height
5 Ft 6½ in
Fresh / Hazel / Dark Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationNorth America – 4 years 1 month
Length of Service21 years 188 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 28th June 1853 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
16 Paradise Buildings Lambeth England
Also Kings Road Chelsea London
Pension Districts1853 South London
1854-1856 Western Australia
1856-1857 South Australia
1857-1859 Victoria
1859 South Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
5th May 1854 Plymouth England via Gibraltar
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
RAMILLIES 7th August 1854
Date/Place of Birthc1810 St. Giles Camberwell London England
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
c1814 Camberwell Surrey England
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeNot yet known
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesAdelaide Times Saturday 10th May 1856 page 2 Passenger list Guyon
Departure from Western
Departed Swan River 28th April 1856 arriving Adelaide 9th May 1856 per schooner Guyon
Departed Adelaide 24 January 1857 per Clarendon for Melbourne Victoria
Date/Place of Death/Burial17th December 1859 Mitcham South Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index:
1841 Private George Coates 985 1st Bn Rifle Brigade located at Weedon, Chester, Dublin
1851 Private George Coates 985 1st Bn Rifle Brigade located Dover
Discharge due to failing strength and activity – worn out
1851 Census HO 107/1632/675/16 George and his wife Hannah are living at 15 Hartley Street Hougham Devon. George is still a private in the Rifle brigade aged 41 and Hannah is aged 37 both said they were born Camberwell Surrey
WO23 “wife of pensioner dismissed from Tilbury Fort and not to receive any part of her husband’s pension” dated 13 April 1854
George was paid in Victoria until September 1859 when he returned to Adelaide where he died on December 17th 1859.