George R. Coulthard, Z/2455

Many thanks to Seb Coulthard for the information relating to his Great Grandfather.
George Robert Coulthard was born 20th December 1893 and was working as a grocer in Ardrossan, Ayrshire, at the outbreak of war.

George was enlisted into the RND on 23rd November 1914, given the service number Z/2455 and was initially allotted to the Howe Battalion as a Petty Officer. In the following July he was transferred to the Drake Battalion as a Sub-Lieutenant and again, in late September, to Hood prior to embarking with the Gallipoli reinforcements. In October he was admitted to Malta's Blue Sisters Hospital from HS Karapara as he was suffering with dysentery. George was invalided back to England aboard HS Morea. He served at the Crystal Palace depot once fit for duty. Transferred to Blanford George attended courses before being appointed Brigade Physical and Bayonet Instructor in October '16.

In March 1917 George was promoted to the rank of temporary Lieutenant before he was discharged from the RND in July when he transferred to the British Indian Army. First serving as a captain in the 105 Mahrattas and then as a Major in the Reserve Officers he retired from the Army in 1922. During WWII George served with the RAF as a Deputy Provost Marshal. After the war George became the sales director for a major international company and died in 1977.
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