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Surname: COUPE

Forename(s): James

Place of Birth: Skipton, Yorkshire

Service No: 16446

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Devonshire Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 8th (Service) Battalion

Division: 7th Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1916-07-14

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 1 C.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)

Additional Information:

James Coupe (born 20 December 1897) was the son of James and Ann Coupe, née Brotherton; no record of their marriage has so far been found. Ann, the daughter of James and Agnes Brotherton, was born 7 August 1858, at Blackburn, Lancashire.

Holy Trinity, Skipton, Baptisms: 4 January 1898, James Cope, born 19 [sic] December 1897, son of James (tin worker) and Ann Cope. Abode, Backburn [sic].

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte James Coupe, 16446, Devon R. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Date of entry therein: 31.12.15. K. in A. 14.7.16.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte James Coupe, 16446, 8th Devons. K. in A. 14.7.16.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte James Coupe, 16446, 8th Bn Devon Regt. Date and Place of Death: 14.7.16. In action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Mother and Sole Legatee - Ann. £5 18s. 5d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: Pte James Coupe, 16446, Devons (8th). Date and cause of death: 14.7.16. Killed in Action. Dependant: Mrs. Ann Coupe. Relationship to soldier: Mother. Deceased: 6.9.21. Address 1. 72, Livesay [sic] Branch Rd., Mill Hill, Blackburn. Address 2. 59, Bower St. Blackburn.

James was killed in action during the Battles of the Somme, 1916, 1 July-18 November, at the Battle of Bazentin, 14-17 July.

In the 1921 Census for Blackburn, James's mother, Ann (married), was living with the family of her daughter, Agnes Miller, a widow, at 59, Bower Street. Agnes was the widow of John Miller.

James is commemorated in the 'Blackburn Roll of Honour 1914-1918'.

Data Source: Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19 Records


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Devonshire Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Devonshire Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 7th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 7th Division

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Surname: COUPE

Forename(s): James

Born: Skipton, Yorks


Enlisted: Blackburn

Number: 16446

Rank: Private

Regiment: Devonshire Regiment

Battalion: 8th (Service) Battalion


Died Date: 14/07/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: COUPE

Forename(s): James

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 16446

Rank: Private

Regiment: Devonshire Regiment

Unit: 8th Bn.



Died Date: 14/07/1916

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‘Blackburn Weekly Telegraph’ (12 August 1916)

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Private James Coupe, of 72, Livesey Branch-road, Blackburn, was killed in action in France on July 14. He was 18 years of age, had been in the Army about sixteen months, and was formerly a spinner at Waterfall Mill. A memorial service is to be held at St. George’s, Mill Hill, on Sunday night.




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