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Pte Sydney James Cope Royal Canadian Regt


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Have found another man that is not on our War Memorial. Pte Sydney James Cope, Royal Canadian Regt. He won an MM, would anyone be able to give me any details of the award. I could not find it in the London Gazette, but that might just be me!!

Thanks for any help.

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Andy

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London Gazette 6-1-1917

477195 Pte. S. J. Cope, R. Can. R.

http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/archiveVi...;selHonourType=

A lot of the English MMs in that Gazette date to the battles at Theipval and Morval, but I can't speak for the Canadian ones.

Steve.

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War Diary for the period is here:

http://data4.collectionscanada.ca/netacgi/...amp;r=2&f=G

I can't see him mentioned specifically but mention is made of MM winners at the beginning of October 1916 for the previous tour, which are later Gazetted 8-12-1916. Using that as a measure I think it is likely that Pte. Cope won his MM during the attack at Regina Trench/ West Miraumont on the 9th October 1916.

The general War Diary index for the battalion:

http://data4.collectionscanada.ca/netacgi/...amp;r=0&f=S

Steve.

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Thanks very much Steve. I think we are going to order some of our Canadian boys records from the Canadian Archive, so hopefully there will be some more details in that.

All the best and thanks again.

Andy

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Thanks very much Steve. I think we are going to order some of our Canadian boys records from the Canadian Archive, so hopefully there will be some more details in that.

All the best and thanks again.

Andy

Andy

If you have not as of yet ordered his records may I suggest you request the citation for the M.M. there should be one for him as most of the early Canadian awards of the M.M. were recorded. You can get this from the LAC along with the service records but you must request it seperately as it is not part of his service file.

Regards

Stephen

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Thanks for that info Stephen. It would be really good to have a read of the MM citation.

Regards

Andy

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Thanks for the link. I shall have a look at it and will also try and get the Citation along with his documents.

Cheers

Andy

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In addition to the CEF Study Group ... here are some other websites to consult. Borden Battery

CEF - Canadian Government Websites - Part 1

Note: CEF Study Group member websites denoted with asterisk "*"

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Library and Archives Canada - Military History

This is the fundamental URL Internet address for most Canadian Expeditionary Force researchers. This site contains a wide range of basic links and represents a "starting point" for many people beginning research on the CEF in the Great War. For ease of navigation, several other website recommendations come from this “parent” website.[CEF Study Group - Updated July 2006]

http://www.collectionscanada.ca/war-military/index-e.html

Library and Archives Canada - Regimental Number List

The Regimental Number List of the Canadian Expeditionary Force is a guide which links a soldier’s regiment number to his assigned military unit. With the military unit’s name, a researcher can then search the War Diaries database. This website provides a scanned image page linking “Block Numbers” to “Military Units”.

[CEF Study Group – Sept 2006]

http://www.collectionscanada.ca/02/02015203_e.html#info

Library and Archives Canada - Soldiers of the First World War (1914-1918)

Over 600,000 Canadians enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) during the First World War (1914-1918). The CEF database is an index to those personnel files, which are held by the National Archives. To date, over 800,000 images of Attestation papers have been scanned and are being made available on-line. This material can be downloaded at no charge. The file format is a standard JPEG file. From this basic information a researcher can obtain the necessary information to acquire the full military file of a Great War soldier, however, in this latter case there will be a research fee. The CEF Study Group maintains a list of recommended National Archives researchers. [NOTE: Attestation registers (RG 9 II B8 ) contained in volumes 1 to 654 and may only be consulted at the Library and Archives Canada – they are not yet scanned and on-line.][CEF Study Group - Updated July 2006]

http://www.collectionscanada.ca/archivianet/02010602_e.html

Library and Archives Canada - War Diaries of the First World War

This database contains the digitized War Diaries of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) units. From the start of the First World War, CEF units were required to maintain a daily account of their “Actions in the Field.” This log was called a War Diary. The War Diaries are not personal diaries, rather they are a historical record of a unit’s administration, operations and activities during the First World War.

[CEF Study Group - Updated July 2006]

http://www.collectionscanada.ca/archivianet/020152_e.html

Official History of the Canadian Army in the First World War Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1914-1919, Colonel G. W. L. Nicholson, C.D., Army Historical Section

This is the classic reference text [the Bible] for any student of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the Great War. The original textbook is very difficult to obtain, however, the document is now available in the Adobe .pdf format directly from the historical section of the Canadian Armed Forces website. This document can be “key-word” searched for specific military units, locations and dates. [Note: The pagination in the on-line document is different than the original document - therefore formal citations with page number references cannot be used.]

[CEF Study Group]

http://www.forces.gc.ca/hr/dhh/downloads/O...ories/CEF_e.PDF

The Canadian War Museum

The Canadian War Museum (CWM) is an affiliated museum of the Canadian Museum of Civilization. The Canadian War Museum, the national military history museum is also a centre for research and the dissemination of information and expertise on all aspects of the country's military past from the pre-contact era to the present. The new museum opened in May 2005. [CEF Study Group - Updated July 2006]

http://www.warmuseum.ca/

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Thanks for the info. The rtegimental numbers list is very helpful. I did not know they had that on there.

Regards

Andy

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What a coincidence. I just reordered my list and pulled Cope from my "Need further research" file. One of these two articles from the Toronto Star refers to the medal, but simply says "Devotion to Duty". - M arika

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Thank you very much. He was a late addition to our research. Someone called us after we put an article in our local newspaper. At one time they had his MM, although I am not sure where it is now.

Once again thank you very much for the articles.

Regards

Andy

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