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Fred Cope

Fred Cope

Fred Cope

FRED COPE.

290272, Corporal, Fred Cope, 1/7th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment.

Born in 1896 at Bollington, only son of stone carter, John and Mary Ann (nee, Simpson), Cope, of, 19, Shrigley Road, Bollington. Fred was educated at the Parish Church School where he also attended Sunday school and the Young Men’s Classes. He was employed as a paper stainer at Messrs Slater’s paper works. Fred had a younger sister, Martha.

Fred attested in Bollington, and was mobilised in 1914. After his training at Oswestry, he drafted with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force to the Dardanelles, landing at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli, 09/08/1915. Having survived this campaign, he was then engaged in action at Egypt and Palestine. In the June he was transferred to France and Flanders. The Cheshire’s was in the 34th Division, 102nd Infantry Brigade, fighting at the Ypres Salient, Fred was wounded, 2 September 1918, and died the following day, Tuesday, 3 September 1918, aged 22 years.

Medals: 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Corporal, Fred Cope is buried at Pond Farm Cemetery, West Vlaanderen, Belgium.
C.W.G.C. Ref: – Sp. Mem. 3

Also refer to

  • ‘Big Hats, Shorts and Dyb Dyb Dyb’ – a history of Macclesfield and Congleton Scouts by Norman Gosling
  • Bollington Troops pre WWI
  • Photos from Barnswood archive Bollington WW1
  • Photos of Bollington Scouts pre WW1 from Heritage Centre
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