Frank Ernest Herbert Coppin

Date of birth: 14th October 1893
Place of birth: Maidstone
Regiment: Rifle Brigade
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: Lance Corporal, 4132
Died: 26th August 1914, aged 20 years
Commemorated: La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial, France


Frank was the oldest of 4 siblings born to Charles Ernest and Lucy Ann Coppin (nee Judd), who married in Hollingbourne, Kent on 9 September 1893.

Both parents were born in Maidstone, Charles in 1869 and Lucy in 1870. Both parents also passed away in Cuckfield, Sussex; Lucy in 1930, Charles in 1954.


Frank was a resident of Southampton from 1914 onwards, living at 24 Union Road, Northam.



Frank Ernest Herbert 

Hilda ELSIE W.   b. 1895 Maidstone   d. 1994 Haywards Heath   Married Charles C. Scutt in Cuckfield in 1913.

Amy Cornelia   b. 26 March 1896 Folkestone   d. 1987 Chichester   Married Reginald J. Stephens in Cranbrook in 1922.

Norman Douglas   b. 28 June 1897 Folkestone   d. 3 July 1916 France   see separate story

Raymond Percival   b. 2 September 1907 Lamberhurst   d. 8 September 1979 Portsmouth   Married Gwendolen Birch in Portsmouth on 9 August 1930.


The 1st Rifles were at Colchester as part of the 11th Brigade in the 4th Division when war broke out.

The division was kept back from the original British Expeditionary Force, to defend England against a possible German invasion.

The fate of the B.E.F meant this decision was reversed and the division landed at Le Havre on 23 August, in time to provide infantry reinforcements at the Battle of Le Cateau.


As can be seen from the dates mentioned, Frank lasted only 3 days before meeting his end.


The Memorial commemorates 3740 men of the B.E.F who fell in the Battles of Mons, Le Cateau, the Marne and the Aisne, between the end of August and early October 1914 and have no known grave.




Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 27th June 2016


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