John Coates was the seventh son of Thomas Coates of Harrogate and was born in July 1889. He was in Dryden for just two years, leaving in 1906. As a junior, he was a demon bowler taking 5 for 20 and 7 for 10 in a two innings match against Grafton. Later in the competition, he took 11 for 77 against Laxton.
After leaving school, he took up banking back in Yorkshire. In the War, he served with the Yorkshire Yeomanry and was killed on 15th August 1918 as the British and Germans counter-attacked each other after the German Advance of April 1918. Aged 29, John Coates was buried in Le Grand Hasard Military Cemetery in Morebecque in northern France. He was married and his wife Margery inscribed on his headstone “Greater Love hath no man.”
John’s nephew, Harold Brearley Coates had been killed two years earlier on 1st July 1916, on the Somme.