Rank: Sapper
Number: 282691
Unit: Railway Operating Division ROYAL ENGINEERS
Date of Death: 27 October 1917
Age: 23
Cemetery: Stockport Borough Cemetery

Harry Coppock came from the South Reddish area of Stockport and was living there, at 59 Coronation Street, when the 1901 Census was taken. His parents were William and Ann and they had six children. Apart from 6 year old Harry, there was Eliza (19), Alice (14), Fred (12), Frank (4) and Leonard (1).

Harry attended South Reddish Council School and then went to work for William Walmsley, a coal merchant with several branches around Stockport. He enlisted into the army on 20 January 1916 and was assigned to the Kings Shropshire Light Infantry (service number: 26491). He went overseas in the August and spent five months on active service in the trenches. In the early part of 1917, Harry was invalided home suffering with trench foot and trench fever and spent three months in hospital. When he had recovered, he was transferred to the Royal Engineers and returned to France in July 1917.

Harry was taken ill with nephritis (acute inflammation of the kidneys) in the middle of October and spent a few days at 35th General Hospital at Calais. On 27 October, he was put on board the Hospital Ship "Newhaven" to be evacuated back to Britain but he died on the short voyage home. Harry's body was brought back to Stockport (it will have been at the family's expense) and he was buried, with full military honours, on 1 November. The service was conducted by Rev. J Fielding. The coffin was covered by a Union Jack, Volleys were fired over the grave and the "Last Post" was sounded.

The following year, the Stockport Express published two "In Memoriam" notices. One was from his sisters and brothers. By then, Alice had married someone called Walter and Eliza someone called Harry. Both of their parents are believed to have died by then. There was also a notice from "Maud, Old Trafford" who may well have Leonard's fiancée. Her notice read "Hearts that have loved him can never forget".

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