Edward Ethelbert Coppen

Edward Ethelbert Coppen 1889 – 1915

Edward was the fifth child of parents Henry and Harriet Eliza (née Holness), born in Shepherdswell in 1889 and baptised in St Andrew’s on 19th May the same year. Two of his siblings had died before he was born.

He started at the village school on 2nd April 1894, and after finishing his education, became a carpenter like his father and brother Charles. 

At the outbreak of the War, both Edward and Charles joined up at Dover and both were in the 6th Battalion, East Kent Regiment (The Buffs). Edward’s service number was G/38 and he served as a private.

He died of wounds on 24th September 1915 and is buried at the Bailleul Cemetery Extension (Nord), France, with the same inscription as his brother was to have on his gravestone; ‘faithful unto death’.