John Coates (general)

Australian general

Lieutenant General Henry John Coates, AC, MBE (28 December 1932 – 11 June 2018) was an Australian general. He was a senior officer in the Australian Army. He was Chief of the General Staff from 1990 to 1992.

John Coates
Major General John Coates in 1985
Born(1932-12-28)28 December 1932
Adelaide, South Australia
Died11 June 2018(2018-06-11) (aged 85)
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Service/branchAustralian Army
Years of service1953–1992
RankLieutenant General
Service number17023
Commands heldChief of the General Staff (1990–92)
Royal Military College, Duntroon (1983–84)
3rd Cavalry Regiment (1971)
Battles/warsVietnam War
AwardsCompanion of the Order of Australia
Member of the Order of the British Empire

Coates died at his Canberra home on 11 June 2018, aged 85.[1]


  1. "Vale Lieutenant-General Henry John Coates". Old Boy News. Ipswich Grammar Old Boys. Retrieved 4 July 2018.

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