Jo Coen was born in Scotland and was goalie for a number of teams before signing for Luton in 1934. He appeared 153 times as goalkeeper for the Hatters in first team games before war broke out.
He was training to be a pilot at the Service Flying Training School at RAF Cranwell when he was killed. It’s not clear exactly how he died, but it’s very probable it was in a flying accident. Three Airspeed Oxfords crashed that day at Cranwell - 15th October 1941.
He is buried in a churchyard in Luton, with a Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone to remember him by. Even though he wasn’t fighting, he still gave his life in service of his country.