Wilfred James Hopkins

Date of birth: 1894
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Royal Berkshire
Battalion: 5th
Rank / Service No: Private, 23632
Died: 19th October 1916, aged 22 years
Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, France


Wilfred was the third of 4 siblings born to William Charles and Ellen Hopkins (nee Alexander), who married in Shirley in 1887.

William was born in Shirley in 1864 and he died young, passing away in 1900.


Ellen was born in Braishfield in 1866. After William’s premature death, she married William Phippard in Southampton in 1910.

Ellen passed away in the city in 1941.



Alexander Charles   b. 1888 Bishopstoke   d. 1968 Southampton Married Leonora E. Draisey in Southampton in 1910.

Emma Florence   b. 1890 Southsea   d. 1902 Southampton

Wilfred James 

Charles Arthur   b. 1896 Southampton   d. 1989 New Forest   Married Maud Annie Cumber in Southampton in 1919.

Maud also passed away in 1989, so the couple were married for 70 years !!



The Battalion was formed in Reading on 25 August 1914 and placed in the 12th (Eastern) Division.


The division landed in France on 31 May 1915 and took part in the Battle of Loos.


The 5th Battalion were in front trenches near Mametz Wood (4m E of Albert) when Wilfred met his end.

The weather is known to have been terrible, with thick mud everywhere.


The Battalion lost 9 men killed, 23 wounded and 2 missing on 19 October.


Mametz Wood still stands today, with a memorial to the 38th (Welsh) Division located nearby. They captured the wood during the First Battle of the Somme in July 1916.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 30th September 2016


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