I have recently found a few old Memorial cards at a Car Boot Sale in Leigh on Sea in Essex and was intrigued by them, as the men had died quite young and not many years after the end of World war 1 in 1918 – so could their deaths have been a result of injuries received?
The first card is in ‘Affectionate Remembrance of Cyril Vincent COPPIN who died on 12th March 1923 aged 29, the beloved Husband of Mrs Beatrice COPPIN of 159 Linkfield Road in Isleworth.
The verse inside reads:
In Prime of years I was cut down, No Longer could I stay; Because it was my Saviour’s will, To call me hence away.
Having checked records online I found that Cyril Vincent COPPIN was born in the April quarter of 1893 in the Brentford Registration District.
The 1911 census shows Cyril Vincent COPPIN aged 18 living at 48 North Street in Isleworth and his occupation is shown as an Assistant Butcher – his parents were Walker and Elizabeth Mercy COPPIN and he has siblings Daisy Florence aged 16, Hilda Lilian aged 14, Herbert William aged 12 and Geoffrey Davis COPPIN aged 10.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1911 England Census Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 6810; Schedule Number: 182
Walker COPPIN had married Elizabeth Mercy DAVIS in the June quarter of 1892 in the Brentford Registration District and his occupation in 1911 was a House Painter.
Cyril Vincent COPPIN had married Beatrice M REES in the June quarter of 1919, again in the Brentford Registration District, so was this possibly after his return from World War 1?
I then found a World War 1 Medal Card for Cyril Vincent COPPIN, which interestingly had the abbreviation SWB on it, which proved that he had been awarded the Silver War Badge for injuries received during the War and from this information I found a corresponding document.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 Original data: Army Medal Office. WWI Medal Index Cards. In the care of The Western Front Association website.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. UK, Silver War Badge Records, 1914-1920 Original data: War Office and Air Ministry: Service Medal and Award Rolls, First World War. Silver War Badge. RG WO 329, 2958–3255. The National Archives, Kew, Surrey, England.
Cyril Vincent COPPIN was Gunner 931721 in the Royal Artillery (Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery) and the Silver War Badge listing confirms that he had been wounded – however it does not gives specific details of the injuries received and I am therefore intrigued to see if his death in 1923 aged 29 was as a result of these injuries.
To find out I will need to order a copy of his death certificate as I have been unable to find anything in the old newspapers online.
I was however able to find out that Cyril did return to his pre-war trade as a Butcher as I found him in a 1920 London City Business Directory, together with his address of 159 Linkfield Road in Isleworth.
Source Citation: London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; London City Directories Source Information: Ancestry.com. London, England, City Directories, 1736-1943
Also I was able to find that Cyril and Beatrice had one son Ronald V COPPIN who was born in the June quarter of 1921 in the Brentford Registration District and he went on to marry Lilian J M LANE in the March quarter of 1947 in the Uxbridge Registration District.
If anyone has a connection to the COPPIN family and would like this Memorial card to add to their family research it would be great to hear from them and I will post an update if I discover any new information regarding Cyril Vincent COPPIN and his time during World War 1.