Other names: Arthur Edward Sidney
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetCanterbury, KentMaltaWeymouth, Dorset
Story: Arthur Edward Sidney Coaker was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 5 Dec 1897 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 9 Jan 1898 the son of Charles Coaker and Mary Ann Coaker (nee Weatherdon). His early life was spent at home either at 11 Victoria Street or, from 1911, 8 Coppice Street, Shaftesbury. He enlisted and joined the Royal Flying Corps (Royal Air Force from 1 Apr 1918) on 29 Mar 1917 becoming an Aircraftsman 1 (AC1) (Service No 69036). It is not known where he served during the war period but he was posted to Malta for a short time in 1919. He had married a Lottie Longley in Canterbury, Kent, on 23 Apr 1919 and gave 14 Palace Street, Canterbury, Kent, as his address. There were possibly two children of the marriage. Arthur was discharged on 10 Feb 1920. There are no obvious medal records in this case. By the 1939 Register he was living at Berkley, Shaftesbury, Dorset working as a Motor Transport Driver. His death was recorded at the Weymouth, Dorset, Registry in 1959.