CEF Award Detail

Trooper Frederick George Coppins

Victoria Cross

Regimental Number:
1987
Regiment:
Canadian Cavalry
Unit:
19th Alberta Dragoons
Enlistment Date:
September 23, 1914
Date of Birth:
October 25, 1889
Date of Death:
March 20, 1963
Action:
Hackett Woods (near Amiens), France
Date of Award:
August 9, 1918
Citation:
Date of Citation:
Citation Source:
Award exists:
Yes
Award location:
Royal Winnipeg Rifles Museum, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Award comments:

He was 28 years old, and a corporal in the 8th BattalionCanadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 9 August 1918 at Hackett Woods, near Amiens, France, Corporal Coppins' platoon came unexpectedly under fire of numerous machine-guns. It was not possible to advance or retire and there was no cover. Corporal Coppins, calling on four men to follow him, leapt forward in the face of intense machine-gun fire and rushed straight for the guns. The four men with him were killed and he was wounded, but going on alone, he killed the operator of the first gun and three of the crew and took four prisoners. Despite his wound, he then continued with his platoon to the final objective.

Soldier Notes:
Prior military  -  4 years Royal West Kent Regiment

Soldier Details


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