COPE Edward

Edward COPE


Born in Queensbury, Edward was a Sergeant in the 16th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own).  His service number and medal card show that he enlisted into 16th Battalion (also known as the 1st Bradford Pals) and was therefore one of the original Pals.  Edward first saw active service in Egypt arriving in theater on 22nd December 1915 and therefore, just, qualifying for the 1915 Star.  It is to be presumed that Edward served with the battalion on the Somme, during July 1916.

The census return of 1881 shows Edward who was not yet one living with his parents Edward and Hannah and three older siblings at 23 Alexandra Street, Queensbury.

Edward was married on 1st January 1901 at St Stephen’s Church, West Bowling, to Alice. The 1911 census records Edward and Alice living at 42A New Cross Street West Bowling, Bradford with four young children.  Edward’s occupation was a boot repairer.

Edward was killed in action on 3rd May 1917 when his battalion were in action alongside other units of the 31st Division at Gavrelle, Oppy Sector.  He has no known grave and is commemorated on the ARRAS MEMORIAL (Bay 4).