COUPER, James Robert
(Service number 12/2253)

First Rank Private Last Rank Corporal


Date 8 August 1885 Place of Birth

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Waerenga, Waikato
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin D. Couper (father), 6 Le Cren Street, Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Auckland Infantry Battalion
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 5th Reinforcements
Date 13 June 1915
Transport HMNZT 24, Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington, New Zealand Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Auckland Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion

Military Awards

Campaigns Egyptian 1915-16, Egyptian Expeditionary Force 1916, Balkans 1915, Western European 1916-1917
Service Medals 1914-1915 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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 4 October 1917 Age
Place of Death Ypres, Belgium
Cause Killed in Action
Memorial or Cemetery Tyne Cot Memorial, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Memorial Reference N.Z. Apse, Panel 1
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Albury Football Club Roll of Honour; Albury War Memorial; Mackenzie War Memorial, Fairlie, 2016 additions; Chalmers Church Memorial Plaque

Biographical Notes

James was one of seven children born to Duncan and Elizabeth Couper. His siblings were Jessie Jane (1877-1901), William (1878-1918), Alexander Hume (b.1880), Duncan Thomas (1882-1954), Marjorie Lindsay Carmichael (1886-1976), and Henrietta (1888-1942).

James Robert Couper's grand niece recalled "He was my grandfathers brother, the family lived in Albury and my Grandfather (Duncan & Elizabeth Couper) retired to Le Cren street , Timaru ... His sister Henrietta worked as a teacher at Timaru Tech in the '30's." (30 May 2016).

*Note that Cenotaph lists his birth date as 3 August 1885 and his service records give his birth date as 8 August 1885.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database (6 June 2016); SCRoll web submission from C Couper, 30 May 2016

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Researched and Written by

Liz Shea, SC branch NZSG; Tony Rippin, South Canterbury Museum

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