Allan Wallace COPLEY


COPLEY, Allan Wallace

Service Number: 913
Enlisted: 2 August 1915, Perth, Western Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 8th Machine Gun Company
Born: Cheltenham, Victoria, 1894
Home Town: Cottesloe, Peppermint Grove, Western Australia
Schooling: Prince Alfred College, Adelaide
Occupation: Stockman
Died: Died of wounds, France, 25 July 1916
Cemetery: Valenciennes (St. Roch) Communal Cemetery
Memorials: Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial (Ballarat), Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Fremantle Fallen Sailors & Soldiers Memorial, Guildford Grammar School War Memorial, Mosman Park Memorial Rotunda, Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club WWI HR
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World War 1 Service

2 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 913, Perth, Western Australia
18 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 913, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
18 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 913, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
20 Jul 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 913, 8th Machine Gun Company, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)
20 Jul 1916: Imprisoned Fromelles (Fleurbaix)
25 Jul 1916: Involvement Private, SN 913, 8th Machine Gun Company, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...913 Private Allan Wallace Copley, 32nd Battalion. A stockman from Cottesloe, Western Australia, prior to enlistment, he embarked from Adelaide aboard HMAT Geelong on 18 November 1915 for Suez. He was transferred to the 8th Machine Gun Company on 9 March 1916 and his new unit relocated to the Western Front, France, during June 1916. Pte Copley was initially reported killed in action on 20 July 1916 during the Battle of Fromelles. He was subsequently reported as wounded in action and the British Red Cross Society (Berlin Branch) records that he died of these wounds at Valenciennes, France, on 25 July 1916 while a prisoner of war in German hands. He was aged 22 years." - SOURCE (