Charles Walter Cops (Copps)



Mar 25, 1895

Born at London England


Feb 17, 1911

Embarked the RMS Corsican at Liverpool England


The manifest shows him traveling alone at the age of 14, on his way to join his uncle at Kingston Ontario as a Farm Labourer


Feb 25, 1911

Disembarked at St John New Brunswick and proceeded to Kingston Ontario


Oct 22, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59199 (temporary number 27)

Ø      Next of kin given as Gertrude Jessie Cops (mother) of 20 William St, Kingston Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Telegraph Operator

o       Later noted as being Railroad Telegraph Operator

Ø      Previous military experience given as 2 years in the 16th Regiment and stated to be a current member of the 14th Regiment PWOR

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to No 2 Platoon, “A” Company


Nov 3, 1914

Appointed to temporary rank of Corporal


Nov 17, 1914

Noted in newspaper account as being the best shot in the Battalion in target practice


Nov 20, 1914

The Battalion had a shooting competition and he was reported in the newspaper as the best shot in “A” Company


Dec 4, 1914

Noted in newspaper as having qualified at the School of Infantry for the rank of Sergeant


Jan 12, 1915

Admitted to Kingston Hospital diagnosed with Influenza


Jan 20, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in rank of Corporal


Aug 27, 1915

Admitted to Moore Barracks Hospital diagnosed with Tonsillitis


Sep 5, 1915

Discharged to Base Depot with light duties as an outpatient


Sep 9, 1915

Transferred to the 21st Battalion Depot Company while in hospital care


Sep 24, 1915

Complains of constant pain in both knees, as well as pain in ocular muscles when rotating eyes.  Treated with liniment and eye wash


Sep 25, 1915

Posted to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling Camp while in hospital


Sep 30, 1915

Glasses ordered for close work


Oct 2, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Oct 26, 1915

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Oct 27, 1915

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Oct 31, 1915

Left CBD to join unit


Nov 3, 1915

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in Divisional Reserve at La Clytte.  While there, they carried out Bathing Parades, Company Drills, foot inspections, smoke helmet drill and route marches.  He was reassigned to “A” Company


Jan 7, 1916

Attached to the 250th Tunnelling Company for duty


Mar 26, 1916

There is no mention in the file as to when he returned to the 21st Battalion, but while the Battalion was in Brigade Reserve near Ridgewood, he was moving from the line to Battalion Headquarters when a shell exploded near him, burying him and causing shrapnel wounds to his face and chest.  He was taken to the Battalion Aid Station for treatment.


Mar 27, 1916

Transferred to the No 24 General Hospital at Etaples where surgery was performed to remove shrapnel from his face, left eye and chest


Mar 29, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Newhaven


Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) while in hospital


Mar 30, 1916

Admitted to the No 4 Northern General Hospital at Lincoln England


May 6, 1916

Transferred to the King’s Canadian Red Cross Hospital at Bushy Park


May 19, 1916

Discharged from hospital and placed On Command to the 1st CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) for 4 weeks of PT (Physical Training)


Mar 10, 1917

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) but remained attached to the CCD


Mar 13, 1917

To be Acting CSM (Company Sergeant Major) while employed as Supervisor of PT Instructors at St Leonard’s Hospital


Apr 15, 1917

On Command to 1st CCD


May 18, 1917

On Command to 3rd CCD and again appointed as Acting CSM with pay


Jun 15, 1917

Ceased to be On Command on being TOS the permanent staff of the 3rd CCD


Apr 10, 1918

Reverts to rank of Acting Sergeant on being transferred to the CAGS (Canadian Army Gymnasium Staff) at London


Apr 26, 1918

Attached to 3rd CCD for duty


May 8, 1918

Ceased to be attached to 3rd CCD


Sep 21, 1918

Attached to 1st CCD for duty at Etchinghill


Oct 15, 1918

Admitted to the Westcliffe Eye and Ear Hospital at Folkestone diagnosed with a Nasal Obstruction


Nov 29, 1918

Discharged to duty from hospital


Dec 4, 1918

Posted to the General Depot at Borden pending return to Canada


Jan 7, 1919

On Command to 1st CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) at Buxton pending return to Canada


Jan 31, 1919

Embarked the RMS Tunisian at Liverpool



Feb 10, 1919

Disembarked at St John New Brunswick and proceeded to Saskatoon Saskatchewan


Feb 14, 1919

Posted to the Casualty Company at #12 District Depot at Saskatoon Saskatchewan


Feb 15, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until March 1, 1919 

Granted permission to marry and next of kin changed to read Mrs Gertrude S Cops.


Jul 7, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Saskatoon Saskatchewan 

Rank on discharge Sergeant, address on discharge, 731 N Avenue, South Saskatoon, Saskatchewan


Nov 23, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to him at 973 Cowichan St, Victoria British Columbia.  He also earned the 1914-15 Star, but no date is recorded for it’s delivery 

Some time around 1922 he moved to Long Beach California, and the last address I could find for him was 2686 Adriatic Ave, Long Beach 10, California USA in 1953.


Nov 8, 1953

Died at San Jose California 

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