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Thomas Valentine Copperwaite

Thomas Valentine Copperwaite

Male 1897 - 1916  (Age: 19)    Has 14 ancestors but no descendants in our family tree.


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  • Name Thomas Valentine Copperwaite 
    Born 1897  Ballarat, Victoria, AustraliaFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Military Service 4 May 1915  Ballarat, Victoria, AustraliaFind all individuals with events at this location 
    • Serviceman No. 348, Thomas joined the 21st Battalion of the Australian Imperial Force at the age of 18 years and 5 months. he joined as an Engineer. His home address at the time of his enlistment was given as: 615 Windermere Street, Ballarat.

      On 18 May 1915, 2 weeks after enlisting, Thomas embarked at Melbourne aboard HMAT "Ulysses". This took him initially to Gallipoli were he served with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force and then on to Alexandria.

      The only blemish on Thomas's service record was when he was confined to base for 2 days for "Breaking Camp and being Absent from Roll Call" on 16 February 1916. His service record notes that punishment was taken in the "Canal Zone". This probably refers to the Suez Canal.

      A month later on 19 March 1916, Thomas embarked from Alexandria, destination France. He arrived in Marseilles on 26 March 1916. He would probably have almost immediately been sent to the Western Front in Northern France where he was killed in action on 26 August 1916.

      On 13 September 1916, just over 2 weeks after his death, Thomas's name was published as appreciation by the Army Corps Commander of the "good services whilst the Division held a portion of the line at Pozieres ". Pozieres is in the Somme region and is about 4 miles south-east of Serre, near to which Thomas was killed.

      Thomas's full military service record can be viewed at the National Archives of Australia by clicking here.
    Buried 1916  Serre, Pas de Calais, FranceFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Address :  
    Serre Road Cemetery No.1: Section VII, Row H, Plot18 
    CWGC Commemoration: COPPERWAITE, Thomas Valentine (1916)
    CWGC Commemoration: COPPERWAITE, Thomas Valentine (1916)
    Thomas served in the 21st Battalion, Australian Infantry. He was killed in action in the Somme on 26 August 1916.
    Plot: Section VII, Row H, Plot 18
    Died 26 Aug 1916  Serre, Pas de Calais, FranceFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: Killed in Action 
    Address :  
    Moquet Farm 
    Siblings 3 siblings 
    Headstones Submit Headstone Photo Submit Headstone Photo 
    Person ID I9048  Mitchell Families
    Last Modified 28 Feb 2009 

    Father John Thomas Copperwaite (ID:I9043)
              b. 1876, Mt Doran, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1936, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60) 
    Mother Elizabeth Northnagel (ID:I9046)
              b. 1873, Waterloo, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1954, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81) 
    Married 6 May 1897  Ballarat, Victoria, AustraliaFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 4 children 
    Family ID F2393  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1897 - Ballarat, Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
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    Serre Road Cemetery No.1: Section VII, Row H, Plot18 - 1916 - Serre, Pas de Calais, France
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    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Killed in Action - 26 Aug 1916 - Serre, Pas de Calais, France Link to Google Earth
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