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  • photo originally published in the Worksop Guardian and now in the Borough of Worksop Roll of Honour of the Great War 1914-1918 in Worksop Library.
Person Details
Whitwell, Derbyshire
James William Coupe was born in Whitwell, Derbyshire in 1888 to William and Harriet Coupe. He grew up to be a farm labourer like his father. He married Gertrude Fanny Linley in 1910 registered at Worksop and had a son William Coupe Linley by 1911 and a daughter, Cissie in 1914 but by now had moved to living at Clinton Street, Worksop and was working at Manton colliery. After the war, in 1918, Gertrude married Herbert Harrison.
02 Mar 1916
28
1608049 - CWGC Website
6156
Private
50th Coy Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Private James William Coupe Worksop Guardian 17 March 1916 News has reached Worksop that another gallant soldier has pain the supreme sacrifice in the person of Private James William Coupe who resided at 5 Clinton Street, Worksop. Pte Coupe was among the large number of Manton colliery miners from that part of the town who enlisted. He was in khaki in the June of 1915, enlisting in the Machine Gun Section (No 50) of the Leicester Regiment. He reached France on February 8th and before he had been there a month was called upon to fill a soldier grave. The gallant soldier fought with all the pluck and courage which characterises a British Tommy, and as his Captain points out, “the company has lost a good soldier.” A shell struck his dugout which collapsed upon him, and although everything was done for him, he died on March 2nd. Up to the time of his enlistment, Pte Coup lived with Mr and Mrs Luke Wheeler at 5 Clinton Street, Worksop, being brother-in-law to Mr Heeley. Mrs Heeley and the widow of the deceased are sisters. Recently the widow and her two children went to reside in Bondhay Cottages, Whitwell, and writing to her, Capt. H W Bolton of her husband’s company says:- “Dear Madam – I regret to have to inform you that your husband Pt J W Coupe, was killed yesterday (March 2nd), through a shell piecing the dugout he was in, the dugout collapsing upon him. Everything was done to save his life, but to no avail. Please accept my sincere sympathy, and I can assure you the Company has lost a good soldier in your husband – Yours faithfully, W H Bolton, Captain.”
CWG additional information:- Son of William Coupe, of Bondhay Cottages, Whitwell, Derbyshire; husband of Gertrude Fanny Harrison (formerly Coupe), of Fir Vale. Harthill, Sheffield. Formerly 19422, Leics Regt. Remembered on the Ypres (Mennin Gate) Memorial. Research by Colin Dannatt
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  • photo originally published in the Worksop Guardian and now in the Borough of Worksop Roll of Honour of the Great War 1914-1918 in Worksop Library.
    James William Coupe - photo originally published in the Worksop Guardian and now in the Borough of Worksop Roll of Honour of the Great War 1914-1918 in Worksop Library.