Norman Douglas Coppin

Date of birth: 28th June 1897
Place of birth: Folkestone
Regiment: Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent)
Battalion: 6th
Rank / Service No: Private, L/10393
Died: 3rd July 1916, aged 19 years
Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, France

 

Norman was the third 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.

 

According to the National Roll, Norman was living at 24 Union Road, Northam probably with his brother Frank.

 

Siblings

Frank Ernest Herbert  b. 14 October 1893 Maidstone   d. 26 August 1914 France see separate story

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  

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

 

The 6th Battalion was part of the 37th Brigade in the 12th (Eastern) Division when it landed at Boulogne on 1 June 1915.

Initially the Battalion spent a relatively inactive 2 ½ months at “Plugstreet” (Ploegsteert) Wood….the Battalion only lost 100 men between June and the end of September 1915.

 

13 Divisions of Commonwealth forces launched an attack on 1 July 1916, along a 25 mile long front.

On 3 July, 617 men of the 6th Royal West Kent went into action, positioned just west of Ovillers, 2 miles from Albert.

 

On that one day the Regiment lost 375 men, including Norman.

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 27th June 2016
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