First World War in Headington and Marston, Oxford

Richard COPPOCK (1896–1918)

Richard Coppock was born in Newton, near Hyde in Cheshire in 1896. He was the son of Tom Coppock (baptised at Holy Trinity Church, Headington Quarry on 22 September 1867) and Ann Clowes (born in Newton, Cheshire in 1868).

Richard’s father grew up in Headington Quarry, and he can be seen there in the 1881 census, aged of 13 and living with his widower father Richard (50) and his sister Harriet (16). By the time of the 1891 census, when he was 23, Tom was lodging in Crompton, Lancashire, where he was working as a bricklayer, and there he must have met his future wife Ann Clowes, who was then living with her family at Newton, near Hyde and working as a cotton twister

His parents were married at Rosemount Primitive Methodist Church at Newton, Cheshire on 27 June 1895 and had three children:

  • Richard Coppock (born in Newton, Cheshire in 1896, reg. second quarter)
  • Cicely Coppock (born in Newton, Cheshire in 1897, reg. third quarter)
  • Alice Ada Coppock (born in Newton, Cheshire in 1899, reg. second quarter).

At the time of the 1901 census Richard (4) was living at 110 Old Road, Newton, Cheshire with his father Tom (33), who was described as a building contractor, his mother Ann (22), and his younger sisters Cicely (3), and Alice Ada (1).

Meanwhile Richard’s grandfather, also called Richard Coppock, was still living in Headington. He died there at the age of 78 and was buried at Holy Trinity Church on 16 December 1908.

By the time of the 1911 census Richard (15) had himself moved down to Headington and was working as a grocer’s assistant and lodging in Quarry High Street with his father’s sister, Harriet Elizabeth Shepherd (née Coppock) and her husband Joseph Shepherd, who was a builder’s labourer: they had two sons of their own a little older than Richard. Meanwhile Richard’s parents were still living in Newton with his two sisters: Cicely (14) was at work in an envelope factory, and Alice Ada (11) was at school.

Poppy In the First World War Richard Coppock served as a Private in the 1st/6th Battalion of the Manchester Regiment (Service No. 351720). He was killed in action in France at the age of 22 on 20 October 1918, very near the end of the war.

He is buried at the Belle Vue British Cemetery in Briastre (A. 20).

Richard Coppock is remembered on the stone plaque in the porch of Holy Trinity Church in Headington Quarry.


Quarry memorial

Richard’s uncle and aunt
  • Joseph Shepherd died on 23 October 1938 at the age of 79 and was buried in Holy Trinity churchyard.
  • Mrs Harriet Shepherd died on 28 May 1944 at the age of 79, and was buried with her husband.
Richard’s parents
  • Tom Coppock died at the age of 69 (death reg. in the Stockport district fourth quarter of 1936)
  • Ann Coppock is probably the woman of that name whose death at the age of 86 was registered in the Hyde district in the third quarter of 1954.
Richard’s sister
  • Cicely Coppock married Andrew McGraw in the Ashton-under-Lyne district in the first quarter of 1923. They had two sons born in the Stockport district: Ronald McGraw (1923) and Kenneth McGraw (1926,), and a daughter in the Manchester North district: Joyce McGraw (1930).

See also
  • CWGC: Coppock, R (confirmed by FindMyPast as being Richard Coppock, residing at
  • Hyde, Cheshire (his parents’ home address)
  • Wikipedia: Manchester Regiment

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