COUPER, James Robert
(Service number 12/2253)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Corporal|
|Date||8 August 1885||Place of Birth|
|Address at Enlistment||Waerenga, Waikato|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||D. Couper (father), 6 Le Cren Street, Timaru|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|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|
|Campaigns||Egyptian 1915-16, Egyptian Expeditionary Force 1916, Balkans 1915, Western European 1916-1917|
|Service Medals||1914-1915 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|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|
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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