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Cable, D.J.
to
Cloutman, B.M.

Coates, R.E.J.C.
to
Curtis, H.O.

 

R.E.J.C. Coates  to  H.O. Curtis
Coates,
[Sir] Robert Edward James Clive [Milnes-];
3rd Baronet (cr. 1911)
R.E.J.C. Coates (Milnes-Coates)
Son of Capt. Sir Edward Clive [Milnes-]Coates, 2nd Bt., OBE (1879-1971), and Lady Celia Hermione Crewe-Milnes (1884-?).
His father assumed the name of Sir Clive Milnes-Coates by deed poll of 19.02.1946.
Succeeded father, 04.09.1971.
Married (04.09.1945) Lady Ethel Patricia Hare, daughter of Richard Granville Hare, 4th Earl of Listowel, and widow of Lt.Col. Charles Thomas Milnes-Gaskell; one son, one daughter.
27.09.1907
-
09.05.1982
Helperby, York
2nd Lt.
01.09.1927 [38347]
Lt.
01.09.1930
local Capt.
06.08.1937-31.07.1938
Capt.
01.08.1938
A/Maj.
14.10.1940-13.01.1941
T/Maj.
14.01.1941-31.08.1944
Maj.
01.09.1944 (retd 19.07.1947)
A/Lt.Col.
10.06.1944-09.09.1944
T/Lt.Col.
10.09.1944-(01.1946)
Hon. Lt.Col.
19.07.1947
Distinguished Service Order DSO
24.05.1945

Italy

Mention in Despatches MID
15.09.1939
Palestine
Mention in Despatches MID
11.01.1945
Italy
Palestine 1936-1939 Medal & Clasp
Education: Harrow; Royal Military College, Woolwich; Staff College, Camberley (11.01.1940-15.05.1940); Queen's College, Cambridge University (MA)
01.09.1927


commissioned, Coldstream Guards
30.11.1930
-
30.06.1933
ADC to His Excellency the Commander-in-Chief, India
06.08.1937
-
07.01.1940
specially employed with the Transjordan Frontier Force
16.05.1940
-
13.10.1940
General Staff Officer, 3rd grade (GSO3), ....
14.10.1940
-
19.06.1941
Brigade Major, 146th Infantry Brigade
20.06.1941
-
10.02.1943
1st Battalion Coldstream Guards
11.02.1943
-
26.10.1943
Second-in-Command, 5th Battalion Coldstream Guards
27.10.1943
-
09.06.1944
Second-in-Command, 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards
10.06.1944
-
01.03.1945
Commanding Officer, 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards (Italy)
01.03.1945
-
09.12.1946
Commanding Officer, 3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards
Landowner & farmer. Justice of the Peace, North Riding of Yorkshie, 1960; Patron of two livings.
Coffey,
James
J. Coffey (Photo courtesy of Mrs Judith Appleby) J. Coffey (Photo courtesy of Mrs Judith Appleby)
Married (24.10.1939) Margaret Roscoe; two daughters, one son.
15.04.1912
South Everton, West Derby, Lancashire
-
13.12.1963
Lt.
15.02.1941 [172236]
T/Capt.
23.02.1943-(04.1944),
08.11.1945-(04.1946)
15.02.1941


commissioned, The East Lancashire Regiment [emergency commission]
Post-war a surveyor for Rentokil.
Coghill,
Harry
H. Coghill
Married to Hilda Newbold.
03.12.1897
-
c. 1976
2nd Lt.
16.08.1916 [15191]
Lt.
?
Capt.
31.03.1928 (retd 31.03.1938)
Bt. Maj.
01.09.1939
16.08.1916


commissioned, The Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own)
(03.1931)
-
(06.1933)
1st Battalion The Rifle Brigade (Jullundur, later Sudan (for Gosport))
01.03.1934
-
31.01.1938
seconded as Adjutant, 1st Battalion Monmouthshire Regiment - Territorial Army
31.01.1938
-
31.03.1938
restored to the establishment of The Rifle Brigade, then retired
31.03.1938
-
03.12.1947
Regular Army Reserve of Officers - Regimental List [age limit]
24.08.1939


mobilized
02.1942
-
1945
captured at the fall of Singapore and in Japanese captivity as a POW for the remainder of the war
Coker,
Douglas Haig Earl

D.H.E. Coker
29.03.1918
-
02.1997
Tower Hamlets, London
RAF:

(A) P/O (prob)
01.04.1939 [41829]
Army:

2nd Lt.
14.06.1941 [193505]
Lt.
17.11.1945, seniority 01.06.1941
A/Capt.
08.04.1945-07.07.1945
T/Capt.
08.07.1945-24.06.1946
Capt.
01.07.1946
A/Maj.
25.03.1946-24.06.1946
T/Maj.
25.06.1946-14.06.1947,
19.06.1947-30.11.1952
Maj.
01.12.1952
Lt.Col.
15.05.1959 (supernumerary 15.05.1962) (retd 26.01.1963)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE
01.01.1963
New Year 63
01.04.1939
-
16.02.1940
commissioned, Royal Air Force (General Duties Branch) [short service commission]



served in the ranks for 1 years, 111 days
1940


mobilized TA
14.06.1941


commissioned, 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary's Own) - Royal Armoured Corps [emergency commission]
(06.1944)


Officer Commanding, 5 Troop, "B" Squadron, 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary's Own)
17.11.1945


permanent commission
22.03.1947


transferred, 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary's Own)

Coldwell-Horsfall,
John Henry

J.H. Coldwell-Horsfall

Obituary at Telegraph Online
21.02.1915
Putney
-
18.12.2006
2nd Lt.
29.08.1935 [66183]
Lt.
29.08.1938
A/Capt.
02.09.1939-01.12.1939
T/Capt.
02.12.1939-10.09.1941
WS/Capt.
11.09.1941
Capt.
29.08.1943
A/Maj.
11.06.1941-10.09.1941
T/Maj.
11.09.1941-(04.1946)
WS/Maj.
? (retd 27.04.1946)
A/Lt.Col.
16.05.1944-(01.1946)
T/Lt.Col.
?
Hon. Lt.Col.
27.04.1946
Distinguished Service Order DSO
26.10.1944
Cassino, Italy 44
Military Cross MC
22.10.1940
France 40
Military Cross MC
04.05.1943
Tunisia 43
Palestine 1936-39 Medal & Clasp
Education: Harrow; Royal Military College, Sandhurst
29.08.1935


commissioned, The Royal Irish Fusiliers (Princess Victoria's)
1936
-
1936
1st Battalion The Royal Irish Fusiliers (Palestine)
(01.1937)


1st/2nd Battalion The Royal Irish Fusiliers (Bordon)
1937
-
1939
1st Battalion The Royal Irish Fusiliers (Guernsey)
(10.1939)
-
(05.1940)
Officer Commanding, "D" Company, 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Fusiliers (France)
1943?
-
1944?
2nd Battalion The London Irish Rifles (initially Second-in-Command, later Commanding Officer) (Italy)
1944
-
12.1944
Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Fusiliers (Egypt & Italy [wounded])
Coleman,
Leslie Harry Walford

L.H.W. Coleman
1922 ?
-
03.03.2007
[aged 85]
2nd Lt.
28.02.1942 [226940]
WS/Lt.
01.10.1942
A/Capt. ?
?
Mentions in Despatches MID
22.03.1945
NW Europe
28.02.1942


commissioned, Corps of Royal Engineers [emergency commission]
Colledge,
George Edward

G.E. Colledge
(12?).1917
Worksop district
-
1985
Yorkshire
Dvr.
? [1873152]
2nd Lt.
05.06.1943 [292791]
WS/Lt.
05.06.1943 (reld > 04.1946)
T/Capt.
24.01.1944-(04.1946)
Military Medal MM
pre-WW II
?
1933


joined the Army (served in the ranks)
05.06.1943


commissioned, The King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster) [emergency commission]
16.10.1944


transferred, Corps of Royal Engineers
Colson,
Alexander Francis Lionel
"Alec"

A.F.L. Colson
06.09.1921
-
29.06.2007
[Saint Faith's Crematorium, Norwich]
2nd Lt.
15.02.1942 [226289]
WS/Lt.
01.10.1942
Lt.
28.04.1945, seniority 06.09.1942
A/Capt.
01.06.1943-31.08.1943
T/Capt.
01.09.1943-05.03.1948
Capt.
06.03.1948
T/Maj.
01.01.1949-19.07.1950,
25.01.1953-05.03.1954
Maj.
06.03.1954 (retd 04.06.1960)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) MBE
22.03.1945
Operation Frippery (Sumatra 44-45)
Mentions in Despatches MID
22.07.1945
Operation David (Arakan 44-45)
Education: Oundle (...-1939); psc
1941
-
14.02.1942
served in the ranks for 165 days
15.02.1942


commissioned, Corps of Royal Engineers [emergency commission]



Combined Operations Pilotage Party (COPP) 8
28.04.1945


permanent commission
Rector of Elmswell (1965-73); Vicar of St Luke with St Simon and St Jude, West Kilburn (1973-82); Rector of Thrandeston, Stuston and Brome with Oakley (1982-86).
Colville,
Edward Charles

E.C. Colville
Son of late Admiral Hon. Sir Stanley Cecil James Colville, GCB, GCMG, GCVO (1861-1939), and of The Lady Adelaide Colville (died 1960), daughter of 4th Earl Clanwilliam, GCB, KCMG, RM.
Married (29.09.1934) Barbara Joan Denny, daughter of Edward Henry Marland Denny; two daughters.
Residence: (1944/45) Staplefield.
° papers
01.09.1905
St George Hanover Square, London
-
10.01.1982
Stoughton, near Chichester, West Sussex
2nd Lt.
03.09.1925 [33638]
Lt.
03.09.1927
Capt.
16.01.1938
A/Maj.
28.05.1941-27.08.1941
T/Maj.
28.08.1941-02.09.1942
Maj.
03.09.1942
A/Lt.Col.
15.01.1943-14.04.1943
T/Lt.Col.
15.04.1943-15.01.1945
WS/Lt.Col.
16.01.1945
Lt.Col.
01.02.1946 (supernumerary 01.02.1949)
A/Col.
16.07.1944-15.01.1945
T/Col.
16.01.1945-30.03.1949
Col.
31.01.1949 (supernumerary 31.03.1955)
A/Brig.
16.07.1944-15.01.1945
T/Brig.
16.01.1945-31.08.1953
Brig.
01.09.1953
local Maj.Gen.
10.06.1954-28.06.1954
T/Maj.Gen.
29.06.1954-06.07.1955
Maj.Gen.
07.07.1955 (retd 12.04.1959)
Companion of the Order of the Bath (Military Division) CB
25.10.1955
Malaya 01-06.55
Distinguished Service Order DSO
19.10.1944
NW Europe
Distinguished Service Order DSO
10.05.1945
NW Europe
Mentions in Despatches MID
04.04.1946
NW Europe
Education: Marlborough College; Royal Military College, Sandhurst; Staff College (psc)
03.09.1925


commissioned, The Gordon Highlanders
(03.1931)
 
 
1st Battalion The Gordon Highlanders (Landi Kotal, India)
01.09.1932
-
30.09.1934
ADC to Governor-General & Commander-in-Chief, Dominion of Canada
(01.1937)
 
 
1st Battalion The Gordon Highlanders (Edinburgh)
18.11.1937
-
07.02.1940
Adjutant, 1st Battalion The Gordon Highlanders (Edinburgh & Aldershot)
08.02.1940
-
21.01.1941
General Staff Officer, 3rd grade (GSO3), ... (Home Forces)
28.05.1941
-
27.02.1942
Brigade-Major, ...
28.02.1942
-
13.07.1942
General Staff Officer, 2nd grade (GSO2), ... (Home Forces)
15.01.1943
-
25.08.1943
Commandant, Company Commanders' School
08.1943
-
07.1944
Commanding Officer, 2nd The Battalion Gordon Highlanders
16.07.1944
-
25.11.1946
Commander, 227th Infantry Brigade (NW Europe) [except for 25.06.1945-08.07.1945 & 08.08.1945-13.08.1945]
27.12.1946
-
05.11.1947
Brigadier General Staff Military Adviser to UK High Commissioner, Canada
04.11.1949
-
13.05.1952
Commander, Infantry Brigade, Territorial Army
09.06.1952
-
30.04.1954
Brigadier General Staff, HQ Northern Army Group
29.06.1954
-
13.01.1956
Chief of Staff, GHQ Far East Land Forces
15.03.1956
-
14.03.1959
General Officer Commanding, 51st (Highland) Infantry Division (TA) & Highland District
12.04.1959
-
01.09.1965
Regular Army Reserve of Officers [age limit]
Justice of the Peace (JP), West Sussex, 1960; Deputy Lieutenant (DL), West Sussex, 1962.
Comerford,
Augustine Ambrose

A.A. Comerford
Married (1910, West Ham, Greater London).
(06?).1886
West Ham, Greater London
-
?
T/Lt.
10.04.1916 [2352]
T/Capt.
?
Capt. 
20.01.1922, seniority 10.04.1917
Maj.
01.07.1926
Lt.Col.
22.05.1939 (reld > 04.1946)
Distinguished Service Order DSO
1940/41?
?
Mentions in Despatches MID
29.04.1941
for distinguished services in the field
Veterinary surgeon.
10.04.1916


commissioned, Army Veterinary Service (later: Royal Army Veterinary Corps)
20.01.1922


transferred, Royal Army Veterinary Corps - Territorial Army
?
-
(03.1931)
East Anglian Division



transferred, Royal Regiment of Artillery - Territorial Army
22.02.1933
-
(01.1939)
Officer Commanding, 418th (Bedfordshire) Battery, 105th (Bedfordshire Yeomanry) Army Field Regiment RA (Biggleswade)
24.08.1939


mobilized TA
(1939)
-
(1940)
Commanding Officer, 52nd Heavy Regiment RA
?
-
(04.1946)
Unemployed List
Comerford,
Basil Michael

B.M. Comerford
?
-
2nd Lt.
17.05.1933
Lt.
17.05.1936
T/Capt.
03.01.1942-(04.1944)
Hon. Capt.
< 04.1946



late Cadet Corporal, Beaumont College Contingent, Junior Division, Officer Training Corps
17.05.1933


commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery - Territorial Army
17.05.1933
-
(06.1933)
105th (Bedfordshire Yeomanry) Army Field Regiment RA (Bedford)
(01.1937)
-
(01.1939)
418th (Bedfordshire) Battery, 105th (Bedfordshire Yeomanry) Army Field Regiment RA (Biggleswade)
27.05.1939


transferred, Territorial Army Reserve of Officers
24.08.1939


mobilized TA
(1939)
-
(1940)
"A" Battery, 52nd Heavy Regiment RA
> 04.1944
-
(04.1946)
transferred, Royal Army Service Corps - Territorial Army Reserve of Officers (Class I)
Consett,
Montagu Charles Warcop Peter

M.C.W.P. Consett
Of Brawith Hall, Thirsk, Yorkshire.
Married (1944) Margaret Syssylt Barwick (1914-1971).
20.07.1909
St Marylebone, Greater London
-
03.2001
North Yorkshire
Navy:

Cadet
1926
Midsh.
01.05.1927
A/S.Lt.
01.09.1929
S.Lt.
16.04.1930
Lt.
16.09.1931
Army:

2nd Lt.
12.06.1935
Lt.
?
Capt.
11.04.1945
Lt.Col.
? (retd)
1926
-
1935
served Royal Navy:
15.09.1926
-
(07.)1927
HMS Valiant (battleship) (Mediterranean)
15.08.1927
-
(06.)1928
HMS Warspite (battleship) (Mediterranean)
10.1928
-
(08.)1929
HMS Resolution (battleship) (Mediterranean)
26.09.1929
-
(04.)1930
promotion course, RN College, Greenwich [HMS President]
03.12.1930
-
(02.)1931
HMS York (cruiser) (Atlantic Fleet)
12.1931
-
(01.)1932
HMS Voyager (destroyer) (Mediterranean)
01.05.1932
-
(09.1932)
HMS Resolution (battleship) (Mediterranean)
01.01.1934
-
(07.1934)
HMS Nelson (battleship) (Home Fleet)
12.06.1935


commissioned, The Yorkshire Hussars - Royal Armoured Corps - Territorial Army
24.08.1939


mobilized TA
Deputy Lieutenant, North Riding of York, 16.04.1960.
Consett,
William Lindsay
W.L. Consett
Son of R.Adm. Montagu William Warcop Peter Consett and Ethel Maude Wilson.
From Exeter.
24.12.1912
-
10.1994
Shepway, Kent
2nd Lt.
01.09.1934, seniority 02.02.1933 [55995]
Lt.
02.02.1936
A/Capt.
15.07.1940-14.10.1940
T/Capt.
15.10.1940-01.02.1941
Capt.
02.02.1941
A/Maj.
15.09.1941-14.12.1941
T/Maj.
15.12.1941
Maj.
01.07.1946 (retd 01.09.1955)
Military Cross MC
24.01.1946
NW Europe
Mention in Despatches MID
22.03.1945
NW Europe
09.07.1933


commissioned onto the General List - Territorial Army (University Candidates)
01.09.1934


commissioned into the Welsh Guards - Regular Army
14.05.1939
-
14.07.1940
seconded as Aide-de-Camp
(09.1944)


Guards Armoured Division (NW Europe)
01.09.1955
-
24.12.1962
Regular Army Reserve of Officers [age limit]
Retired, London.
Conway,
Michael John
M.J. Conway
22.01.1905
-
1995 ?
Surrey ?
Cadet
?
2nd Lt.
29.08.1929 [44048]
Lt.
29.08.1932
Capt.
01.08.1938
WS/Maj.
04.08.1942
Maj.
11.01.1945
A/Lt.Col.
04.05.1942-03.08.1942
T/Lt.Col.
04.08.1942-19.03.1944,
08.05.1945-(01.1946)
Lt.Col.
20.02.1950 (supernumerary 20.02.1953) (retd 18.03.1955)
Mention in Despatches MID
20.06.1941
Waziristan 40
NW Frontier of India 1937-39 Medal & Clasp
Education: BA, later MA



served in the ranks for 3 years, 96 days
29.08.1929

commissioned, Royal Corps of Signals
(1940)
 
 
served in Waziristan
(1945)


reputedly in charge of the demolition of signals in Austria
18.03.1955
-
27.07.1960
Regular Army Reserve of Officers [age limit]
AMIEE, later MIEE
Cooper,
Derek Guy Ashley
D.G.A. Cooper
28.06.1911
Abergavenny
-
10.1991
Bristol, Gloucestershire
Cadet
?
2nd Lt.
04.10.1941 [212398]
WS/Lt.
01.10.1942 (reld > 04.1946)
04.10.1941


commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery [emergency commission]
Cooper,
George Derek
G.D. Cooper
Son of Capt. George Stanley Cooper. Married (30.07.1952) Pamela Margaret Fletcher (divorced); one daughter.
Lived at Dunlewey, Co. Donegal, Ireland.
?
-
1969 still alive
2nd Lt.
31.10.1936 [69395]
WS/Lt.
31.10.1939
WS/Capt.
17.10.1945
T/Maj.
17.10.1945
Lt.
13.02.1946, seniority 01.08.1938
Capt.
13.02.1946, seniority 28.05.1943
Maj.
28.05.1948 (retd 01.04.1953)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE
14.06.1969
for services in disaster areas overseas
Military Cross MC
15.10.1948
Palestine



late Cadet Corporal, Eastbourne College Contingent, Junior Division, Officer Training Corps

31.10.1936


commissioned, Irish Guards - Supplementary Reserve of Officers
24.08.1939


mobilized
05.10.1941


transferred to The Life Guards
(09.1944)


Guards Armoured Division (NW Europe)
13.02.1946


permanent commission
Cooper,
Raymond Gerald
R.G. Cooper (Photo courtsey of Mr Shawn Dymond)
?
-
Gnr.
?
Cadet
?
2nd Lt.
25.05.1940 [132904]
WS/Lt.
25.11.1941
T/Capt.
13.10.1942-(04.1946)



served in the ranks, Royal Artillery



122nd or 123rd Officer Cadet Training Unit (RA)
25.05.1940


commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery [emergency commission]
(07.1943)


Forward Observation Officer (FOO), HMS Tetcott (destroyer) [Operation Husky, Sicily]
Copeland,
Robert Harry
R.G. Cooper (Photo courtsey of Mr Charles Hawkshaw-Burn)
21.07.1905
St Pancras district, Greater London
-
1991
Dorset
2nd Lt.