Gerald Copeland

Rank Private
Service No 2212

Date of Death

Age 23
Regiment/Service London Regiment (Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles) 1st/15th Battalion
Memorial Loos Memorial France. The Loos Memorial is located 5 kilometers from Lens and commemorates over 20,000 officers and men who have no known grave, who fell in the area from the River Lys to the old southern boundary of the First Army, east and west of Grenay, from the first day of the Battle of Loos to the end of the war.


Gerald was born in 1892 to Arthur John (1862-1944) and Louisa Ellen Copeland, a milliner (b.1865) in Farnham, Surrey. His father was from Merthyr Tydfil and his mother from Farnham. He was baptised at St Andrew’s Church, Farnham on 10th September 1892. Gerald had a younger sister named Marjory Helen who was born in 1895.

Gerald spent his childhood in Farnham, where his father worked as a chemist’s assistant. In 1901 the family were living at 14 The Borough, Farnham, and the household included Walter Harris a 19 year old boarder, who was working as a chemist’s apprentice, and a servant.

Gerald was educated at Christ’s College, Finchley. In 1911 Gerald was working in furnishing and his dad was a chemist’s manager. The census indicates that Gerald’s mother was not living but they had one servant and resided at a house in Regents Park Road, Finchley.

Gerald arrived in France on 17th March 1915 and was killed in action some eight months later.

Gerald’s name is listed in the roll of honour in the January 1916 edition of the monthly magazine of St Luke’s Finchley and states that ‘those of the Congregation who visit the Chemist’s (Messrs. Webster & Co.) will be acquainted with Mr Copeland who has managed it for some years. They will sympathise with him in the loss of his son … Gerald was a great favourite with his comrades.’