Saturday, December 8, 2012
WWI hardware with a Chilliwack connection on the block
Released by James & Sons Auctioneers
n April 1916, Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Leslie Coote , commanding officer of the 47th Battalion, the Canadian Expeditionary Force, appointed his elder son, 20 year-old Ian Vernon Coote, as his Adjutant.
His younger son, 'Ginger' Coote, also joined the battalion, as bugle boy at the age of 12, becoming its crack shot.
He first served in the trenches of Northern France at the age of 14.Remarkably all three family members survived the hostilities.
Andrew Leslie Coote organized the Warehouse at Terminal Avenue in Vancouver during the Depression, taking care of between 400 and 500 men in distressed circumstances. At the outbreak of WWII he was living in England and became CO of an Observer Corps Group until retiring when he returned to Canada. There he took an active role with the Pacific Coast Rangers.
In 1948 with the Red Cross
he took part in flood relief on Lulu Island. His medals form an OBE
group of seven.
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