Dr. James Walter Coulter was born in Chatham Township near Oungah, on the 13th of February, 1884, to George Thomas Coulter and the former Rebecca Margaret Irwin. He was the eldest of 8 children. His parents were farmers and his siblings were; William, Frank, Ollie May (died at the age of 13), George, John, Margaret and Irene. He attended school locally before going to medical school at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
Dr. Coulter graduated M.B. from Queen’s University in 1915. While still in Kingston, he enlisted in World War I on the 26th of March, 1915. He served with the Queen’s Contingent, rising to the rank of Major in the Royal Medical Corp. While serving his country, Dr. Coulter was wounded in France.
He was married to Violet Lillian Robbins in June of 1916. Mrs. Coulter was born on the 5th of September, 1894 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, the eldest of 6 children born to John Robin Robbins and the former Eleanor Turner. Her siblings were; Jack, Nellie, Doris, Phyllis and Josephine. Her father was a hair stylist.
Dr. and Mrs. Coulter had a son, Patrick Trevor Coulter born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England in 1918. After an absence of 5 years, Dr. Coulter returned to Canada in 1920 and set up his medical practice on Sixth Street in Chatham. Dr. and Mrs. Coulter had a second son Stuart Glen (Mike) Coulter born in Chatham. The Coulter family resided at 72 Victoria Ave. in Chatham.
According to the 1928 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. Coulter joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 12th of June, 1920. Dr. Coulter was the Medical Officer for the 24th Kent Regiment for some time. He was also the physician at the Kent County Jail and for the C.N.R. He was a member in good standing with the Kent County Medical Association.
Dr. Coulter was admitted to the Public General Hospital in Chatham on May 1st, 1951 and he died the same day. He was buried at the Dresden Cemetery. At the time of his death, he had 3 grandchildren. Mrs. Coulter died in 1970.
*Dr. James Walter Coulter and his two sons appear on the Gathering Our Heroes website. His brother William also served during WWI and he is featured on the Gathering Our Heroes website.
**His son Dr. Patrick Trevor Coulter is also featured on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website. His son Dr. Stuart G. (Mike) Coulter practiced in Toronto.