Private William John Copas

William J Copas
William Copas
© NAA: B2455, COPAS W J

William Copas was born in 1892 in Dorking, and made his living as a steel worker.  He was the son of John Henry (born in Shere, Surrey 1853, died in Dorking 1904) and Mary Jane Copas (born in Newdigate, Surrey 1867, died in Dorking 1902)

1901Census William Copas
William Copas 1901 Census
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In 1901, the family were living at Cotmandene Square. William attended St. Martin’s School. His parents had both died by the time William was 12, he emigrated to Australia and became a steelworker.

The following pages are from  Australian Red Cross Society Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau files 1914-1918 War 1 DRL/0428

Born Dorking, Surrey
Son of John Henry and Mary Jane Copas
Regiment 19th Battalion Australian Infantry. Australian Imperial Force
Number 4091
Date of Death 16th September 1916
Place of Death Flanders, Belgium
Cause of Death Killed in Action
Age 24
Cemetery Railway Dugouts Burial Ground, Ypres
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