Reginald Maxwell Couper

Date of birth: 1888
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Royal Engineers
Battalion: Cavalry Corps Signals
Rank / Service No: Sapper, 361040
Died: 5th August 1918, aged 30 years
Buried: Wavans British Cemetery, France (A.1)


Reginald was the fourth of 6 siblings born to Frederick and Olivia Louisa Couper (nee Churcher), who married in Southampton in 1880.

Frederick was born in Southampton in 1851 and died in the city in 1923. Olivia was born in Bitterne in 1855 and she passed away in the city in 1937.

The family lived at 28 Wilton Road, Shirley.



Arthur Harold Nelson   b. 1881 Southampton   d. ??   Married Louisa ELLEN Rendall in Southampton in 1902.

Ruby Marian   b. 1882 Southampton   d. 1968 Southampton   Married Thomas Frederick Beard in Southampton in 1909.

Cecil Fredrick   b. 1884 Southampton   d. 1937 Chelsea

Reginald Maxwell

Percy Frank   b. 1890 Southampton   d. 1965 Winchester

Stanley Eustace   b. 1892 Southampton   d. 1980 Manchester   Married Phyllis Dorothy Bentley in Pontypridd in 1914 (divorced in 1918). Married Catherine M. Brewer in Steyning in 1920 (died Birmingham 1933). Married Dorothy Clark in Birmingham in 1933.


Reginald died just before the Allied attempt to recapture the city of Amiens; he may well have been involved in the preliminaries.


The Cemetery was made by the 21st Casualty Clearing Station in mid 1918, and it contains 43 Commonwealth WW1 burials.

Buried in this cemetery is flying ace Major James Thomas Byford McCudden VC, DSO and Bar, MC and Bar, MM who died of his wounds in July 1918.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 27th June 2016


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