(Service number 8/1440)

Aliases Jack
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 23 January 1891 Place of Birth Geraldine New Zealand

Enlistment Information

Date 15 December 1914 Age 23
Address at Enlistment Dannevirke
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs W W Nichols (sister) Fairfield Estate, Levin
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 3rd Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Otago Infantry Battalion
Date 14 February 1915
Transport Aparima
Embarked From Wellington, NZ Destination Suez,Egypt
Other Units Served With Wellington Battalion
Last Unit Served With Otago Infantry Battalion

Military Awards

Campaigns Gallipoli
Service Medals 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

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Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 16 June 1915 Age 24
Place of Death Courtney's Post Gallipoli
Cause Killed in action
Notices Press, 3 July 1915
Memorial or Cemetery Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Anzac, Turkey
Memorial Reference III . C. 11
New Zealand Memorials Levin War Memorial; 2015 additions to the Tiimaru Memorial Wall

Biographical Notes

John, the eldest son of James & Grace Coppin nee Herdman of Dunedin, was born at Geraldine on 23 January 1891. He was educated at Geraldine, Horowiki and Petone schools.

John’s last NZ address was given as Dannevirke where he was working as a labourer for E. Brown. He joined the Wellington Battalion 15 December 1914, later transferring to the Otago Infantry Battalion. He served under the name “Jack” in NZ from 15 December 1914 to 14 February 1915 before leaving with the 3rd reinforcements for Suez, Egypt on the Aparima, departing Wellington 14 February 1915, arriving 27 March 1915. He was described on enlistment as being aged 23, 5 foot 8 inches tall, weighing 155 lbs, chest 34 ½ inches, eyes blue, hair red, of fair complexion, having one decayed tooth and tattoos on both arms (including a Union Jack on the left).

John served at Gallipoli and was killed in action at Courtney’s Post 16 Jun 1915, aged 24. Jack is buried in the Shrapnel Valley Cemetery. At wars end his scroll and plaque were sent to his father at 459 George Street Dunedin and his medals to his sister, Mrs W.W. Nichols, Fairfield Estate, Levin.

Jack had two other brothers who also served. 24/378 Enoch Coppin served with the NZ Rifle Brigade, twice wounded, but survived the war. Sergeant James Herdman Coppin served with the Australian Infantry Force anddied of wounds in France 23 August 1918.


Paul McNicholl's list of additional names for the Timaru Memorial Wall (August 2013), Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph database (March 2014); Military service record, Archives NZ; NZSG Index V5; Otago Daily Times, 6 Jul 1915 & 7 Sep 1918

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Researched and Written by

Liz Shea, (SC branch NZSG); Ted Hansen (SC branch NZSG)

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