British Sergeant under fire is fortified by lottery win

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  1. CAKED in mud as he digs trenches and lays explosives intended to thwart the Taleban, he may not look like a man who has a lot of money. But Sergeant Neil Coates, a Briton serving with the Canadian army in Afghanistan, has just won half a million dollars on the Ontario lottery.

    “I’m the richest sergeant in Afghanistan,” he told The Times yesterday.

    Instead of celebrating his win, worth about £300,000, with a bottle of bubbly, a stretch limo and a luxury Caribbean holiday, Sergeant Coates, who emigrated from Newton Aycliffe, Co Durham, 16 years ago, finds himself marooned in Afghanistan and under fire. He has not showered for a week.

    Fellow soldiers in Two Combat Engineers of the Canadian Army have made it their mission to ensure that Sergeant Coates, 44, survives his six-month tour of duty unscathed, if only so that he can buy them a round of drinks when they return home to Canada. One has drawn dollar signs on his helmet.

    Warrant Officer Roger Perreau, 36, said: “We are trying to keep him safe so he can enjoy his money. I’m impressed he is keeping on with the mission when he has all this money.”

    Sergeant Coates left the Royal Engineers and England in 1990 for a new life in Canada, settling in Petawawa, Ontario. He served with the British Army in the Falkland Islands in 1982 and after emigrating he joined Canada’s equivalent of the Territorial Army before returning to a full-time post in the military.

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    :) :)
  2. Well done that man.
  3. A good old fashioned feel good story, wins the lottery AND stays in the field.
  4. He 'has not showered for a week' ... I trust he will have a good time with his Josephine on his return.
  5. "Er Hi, Do you deliver?. . . . . . Good, can you send me 30 airconditioning units to afghanistan?. . . .don't worry about the cost."
  6. Good on ya fella!
  7. ...delete 'airconditioning'...
  8. Good on him, hope he enjoys it when he gets home.
  9. Funniest thing on ARRSE for ages - well done!
  10. Agreed! :D ... and well done that man... keep your head down.
  11. You owe me a computer screen and keyboard ruined by coffee!

  12. Agreed. The total loon! :D
  13. Good drills that man!

    The showering bit not-withstanding obviously!
  14. Is his wife spending it for him? New slippers for Uncle tony who visits when daddy's away?

  15. A nice story. If I won the lottery I'd never shower again!