COPPARD, Raymond William
(Service number 68369)

First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 27 August 1897 Place of Birth Dallington, Sussex, England

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment C/o Lyndon Estate, Wairau
Occupation Groom
Previous Military Experience North Canterbury & Westland Regiment - still serving
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs K. COPPARD (mother), 19 Murray Street, Temuka
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 34th Reinforcements, Auckland Infantry Regiment, A Company
Date 8 February 1918
Transport Ulimaroa
Embarked From Destination Liver[ool, Merseyside, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Where Captured and by Whom
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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 23 December 1990 Age 93 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery St Peter's Anglican Churchyard, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Raymond William Coppard was born on 27 August 1897 at Dallington, Sussex, England, the eldest son of William and Elizabeth Kate (Kate, née Noakes) Coppard. He was still in England with his family in 1911, and must have come to New Zealand soon after. A sixth child was born to William and Kate in 1912/1913 in New Zealand. It was 1912 when some of the family entered Temuka School. He was serving with the North Canterbury and Westland Regiment when he enlisted on 17 September 1917 at Christchurch.

Private R. W. Coppard embarked with Auckland Infantry Regiment of the 34th Reinforcements for Liverpool, England, on 8 February 1918 by the “Maunganui”. R. W. Coppard, of Temuka, was one of more than 800 men who returned to New Zealand by the “Port Hacking” in August 1919.

Raymond married Hilda Amy Elizabeth Voice in 1926. He died on 23 December 1990 at Christchurch and was interred at St Peter’s Anglican Churchyard, Riccarton, Christchurch.

His service number was amended to 68639 on the personnel file held by Archives NZ.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [24 May 2021]; St Peter’s Churchyard headstone transcription (Find A Grave) [24 May 2021]; Timaru Herald, 11 August 1919 (Papers Past) [06 September 2014]

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