Henry Samuel COPE MC, MiD

Badge Number: S2336, Sub Branch: State

COPE, Henry Samuel

Service Numbers: Officer, Officer - no service number
Enlisted: 25 March 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Mount Barker, South Australia, 21 February 1882
Home Town: Mount Gambier, Mount Gambier, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Coachbuilder
Died: Short Illness, Mount Gambier, South Australia, 12 January 1928, aged 45 years
Cemetery: Mount Gambier Lake Terrace Cemetery
Memorials: Mount Barker Soldiers' Memorial Hospital Roll of Honor, Mount Gambier RSL Pictorial Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

25 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer, 43rd Infantry Battalion, Adelaide, South Australia
1 May 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Captain, 43rd Infantry Battalion
9 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Captain, SN Officer - no service number, 43rd Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '18' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Afric embarkation_ship_number: A19 public_note: ''
30 Sep 1918: Honoured Military Cross, "The Last Hundred Days"
14 Aug 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Captain, 43rd Infantry Battalion

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Listed on the Mt Gambier Pictorial Honour Roll rh panel No. 16.

Lieutenant Henry Samuel Cope, born Mount Gambier, South Australia, 21 February 1882. Enlisted 25 March 1916, into A Company of hte 43rd Battalion, following prior service as a Lieutenant in the 74th Infantry Regiment (militia).  Aged 34 years old he was married to Emma Beatrice.  He was promoted Captain 1 May 1916.

He served in France with the 43rd Battalion. Wounded in action 5 July 1917. Mentioned in despatch by Sir Douglas Haig, 8 November 1918. Awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous service, 1919 (for actions in the "Last Hundred Days" battles. Returned to Australia 1919. On 6 March 1920 General Birdwood presented his Military Cross.  Died South Australia 11 January 1928.

"Mr. Henry Samuel Cope, second son of Mr. Sidney Cope, of Mount Baiker, and a brother of Mr. A. E. Cope (manager of the hide and skin department of Golds- brough, Mort &. Co., Limited, Adelaide), died at Mount Gambier yesterday morning after a short illness. He was 46 years of age. Mr. Cope was one of three brothers who enlisted with the Australian Imperial Forces, and saw service at the war. He was a captain of the 43rd Battalion, and won the Military Cross. After the war he bought a coachbuilding concern at Mount Gambier, and through his keen business acumen it was developed into one of the largest in the South-East. He was a progressive townsman of Mount Gambier. In addition to being an active member of the Presbyterian Church, Mr. Cope was associated with the Caledonian Society and the Masonic Lodge. He is survived by a widow and two children. The remains were buried at Mount Gambier today." - from the Adelaide News 12 Jan 1928 (nla.gov.au)