Harry Copson



Apr 1, 1885

Born at Northamptonshire England


Apr 24, 1912

Married to Mary Jane Ashford at Peterborough Ontario


Feb 18, 1915

Attested into the 39th Battalion at Peterborough Ontario 

Ø      Number 412428

Ø      Next of kin given as Mary Jane Copson (wife) of New Chamberlain St, Browntown, Peterborough Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Machine Assembler

Ø      Previous military experience given as 4 years in the Northants Volunteers, England

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company


Mar 20, 1915

From the Peterborough Examiner



Apr 1, 1915

Admitted to the Belleville Hospital diagnosed with Influenza


Apr 26, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jun 7, 1915

Forfeits 3 days pay.  There is no reason given for this, but one would suspect it was for being absent


Jun 17, 1915

Embarked the SS Missanabie at Montreal Quebec



Jul 3, 1915

Disembarked at Plymouth England


Jun 6, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Jun 7, 1916

Arrived at CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jun 10, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in Division Reserve Trenches at Dickebush


Jun 13, 1916      

Just 3 days after joining the Battalion, he was admitted to the 6th CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) at Mont des Cats, the transferred the same day to the 2nd CDRS (Canadian Division Rest Station) at No 6 CFA with Shell Shock 

From the Battalion’s War Diary


Jun 28, 1916

Transferred to NMD CCS (North Midland Divisional Casualty Clearing Station)


Jul 5, 1916

Discharged to duty


Apr 9, 1917

Admitted to the CFA after being buried by a shell explosion and suffering from Shell Shock


Apr 16, 1917

Admitted to No 3 Canadian General Hospital at Boulogne with a contusion caused by a shell explosion


Apr 18, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Princess Elizabeth


Posted to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Apr 19, 1917

Admitted to St Luke’s War Hospital at Halifax, Yorkshire


May 25, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom


Jun 18, 1917

Discharged from hospital and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion


Apr 8, 1918

Posted to the EORD but remained attached to the 6th Reserve Battalion


May 2, 1918

Posted to the CRTD (Canadian Railway Troops Depot) at Purfleet


Jun 4, 1918

On Command to the School of Cookery at Portslade


Jul 2, 1918

Returned to duty from Cooking School


Nov 25, 1918

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


Dec 5, 1918

Embarked the SS Minnedosa at Liverpool



Dec 14, 1918

Disembarked at St John New Brunswick


Dec 16, 1918

TOS the Casualty Company, Military District No 3 at Kingston Ontario 

Granted leave with subsistence until January 2, 1919


Jan 6, 1919

Medical Board at Barriefield Kingston notes 

Ø      Soldier complains of headaches and dizziness

Ø      Is very nervous and excitable

Ø      Is short of breath

Ø      Has trouble hearing, along with suffering from Tinnitus (noises in the ears)

Ø      His disability is deemed to be caused by his service

Ø       Board recommends that he be discharged with a disability due to service


Jan 13, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Ford Ave, Peterborough Ontario


Sep 30, 1919

Admitted to the Sydenham Military Hospital at Kingston diagnosed with Bronchitis


Oct 30, 1919

Discharged from hospital


Mar 17, 1922

Died 7.45 am at the Christie St Hospital Toronto Ontario of an inflammation of the heart.  His death was attributed to his wartime service

Little Lake Cemetery
Peterborough ON


Jan 24, 1923

The British War Medal and the Victory Medals were sent to his widow, Mrs Mary Jane Copson at 617 Chamberlain St, Browntown Post Office, Peterborough Ontario


Jun 23, 1923

The Plaque, Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow at the Browntown Post Office, Peterborough Ontario 

On the same date, a Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs Elizabeth Copson at Rushden England 


Harry Copson is Commemorated on the Peterborough Ontario Cenotaph

Thank you Sarge

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