William John COPAS


COPAS, William John

Service Number: 4091
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 19th Infantry Battalion
Born: Dorking, Surrey, England, 1892
Home Town: McMahons Point, North Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Steelworker
Died: Killed in action, Belgium, 16 September 1916
Cemetery: Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm)
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

11 Mar 1916: Involvement Private, SN 4091, 19th Infantry Battalion
11 Mar 1916: Embarked Private, SN 4091, 19th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Orsova, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Births Mar 1892   Copas William John Dorking 2a 161

William 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)

Next of kin  Alice Copas, Sunnyside, Falkland Grove, Dorking

He is one of 8 Australian casualties of the Great War who are honoured on the Dorking War Memorial. All 8 are further commemorated in Dorking’s St. Martin’s Church.

Dorking is a market town in Surrey, England between Ranmore Common in the North Downs range of hills and Leith Hill in the Greensand Ridge, centred 21 miles (34 km) from London