Born in 1900 in Tarkastad, Cape Province. Died in 1983 Johannesburg.
A Painter of landscapes. Still life, portraits and historical paintings. Worked in oil and pastel. A number of etchings, woodcuts and modelled sculpture.
1928-30 and 1934-35 Regent Street Polytechnic College, London, under Harry Watson RBS (1871-1936) and Giffard H Lenfestey RBA ARCA (b.1872); 1934 Central School of Art, London, etching under William Palmer Robins (b.1882)
1948 Co-founder and President of the Brush and Chisel Club and a member of the Africana Committee. 1917-25 a wheelwright coachbuilder, thereafter a full-time artist. 1939 taught art appreciation at Potchefstroom Teachers Training College. 1938 designed 10 postage stamps and souvenirs for the Great Trek Centenary; 1948 designed the marble frieze and from 1953 15 trapestries for the National Voortrekker Monument, Pretoria. In 1969 800 etchings by him were given to the City of Johannesburg; these were reproduced by E. Schweickerdt, Pretoria. Designed logos and further two sets of stamps. In 1952 the WH Coetzer Primary School, Klipriviersberg, Johannesburg, was named after him. 1900-28 lived in SA, visiting the UK in 1925;1928-30 lived in the UK with visits in 1928 to Germany, 1929 to France, Italy and Switzerland, 1930 to Germany, Austria, Italy, France and Spain; 1931-34 lived in SA; 1934-35 in the UK; from 1935 in SA with visits to London in 1948 and 1971. Father of WJ Coetzer (gv).