Ernest Arthur George Cope.
He came from Buckden, his parents, William Thomas and Grace lived at Buckworth and Hardwick. He was transferred to the 14 (Service) Bat. Royal Warwickshire Regt. with the service number 30246. He was wounded < 20/10/1916.
He was posted to the base depot B. E . F. France on 26th July 1916, he was rationed up to and for that day. Order was part 2 No. 171 issued by W. L. Stephenson, 2/Lieut. & acting Adjutant, 2/1st Hunts. Cyclist Battalion. The order was issued at Well Camp Alford at 8-00 p.m., 28th July 1916. Ref. 63 states that he was born in Camden, London. Ref 440 states that he came from Buckden. Royal British Legion ROH = died. Killed by shell fire whilst cleaning rifle, He was 19 years old & had been in France for 10 months, he was in 11 platoon. He was killed by the same shell that killed Pte. W. E. Storey.
97 18/5/1917 = Pte. Cope of Buckden killed. = Pte. E. A. G. Cope, of
Buckden, was killed in action on May 7th. He was 19 years of age, and an
apprentice to Mr. J. Milner, grocer, Buckden. He was a general favorite
with all. Pte. Cope joined the Cyclists and was transferred to the
Warwicks. His mother has received a letter from an officer of the Regiment
stating that Pte. Cope was killed by shell fire. "During our recent
spell in the front line trenches we experienced a considerable amount of
shelling from the enemy, but I am glad to tell you that throughout the
whole of that trying period your son maintained a cheerful demeanour. He
was in the act of cleaning his rifle in view of a probable crisis when a
shell landed in the trench causing his instantaneous death and also of a
comrade Pte. W. E. Storey. We buried them both behind our lines at
nightfall. I take this opportunity of tendering, on behalf of myself and
his comrades in No. 11 platoon, our deep sympathy with you in the loss of
your son who proved himself, while with us, brave as a soldier and
straightforward and honest as a man".
A friend of the deceased soldier, Pte. Mashford, in the course of a letter says just a few lines to convey the sad news of your son's death. I suppose that you have already heard, but being your son's companion, and the promise we made, I felt it my duty to write. He was killed by a shell, instantly, so he did not have any pain. I think I saw him take his last breath, as I was beside him. It was a shock to me and I miss him very much, as he was my best pal I had out here, we always shared in everything. I do not know how I escaped, as there were four all together. I should like a photo of him.
was another Hunts. Young fellow we knew from Buckden. It was a terrible
day I can tell you. Accept my deepest sympathy.
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