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Stanley John Copeland

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Stanley John AWMM
  • Surname
    Copeland AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 444836 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    20 May 1922 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1943 AWMM Main Rd., Midhirst AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs. L. Copeland, P.O. Box 15, Midhirst (m) AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 444836 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    10 May 1945 AWMM
    'Private Copeland was the driver of the Regimental Aid Post jeep of 25 NZ Battalion. On the night of 24-25 September 1944 the Battalion attacked against strongly-held enemy positions in the RIVER USO sector, Italy. During the advance he made many trips throughout the night to exposed positions, under heavy artillery, mortar and machine-gun fire, collecting and bringing back wounded to the post. During the following two days, after the Battalion had consolidated and was suffering casualties, he continually went forward under heavy fire to bring back wounded from the forward areas. Throughout the action he showed an outstanding devotion to duty and a complete disregard of personal danger. His readiness to go forward promptly under very adverse conditions, where no other means of evacuation was possible, was the direct means of saving many lives which would otherwise have been lost.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Copeland, Stanley John. (Ref. WO 373/11/627). Military Medal. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Private AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Private S. J. Copeland, MM; Midhurst, Taranaki; born England, 20 May 1922; mechanic. (Source: Puttick, E. 25 Battalion. p.503.)

    'For reasons of the general morale of the unit as well as of humanity, it is imperative that the wounded be promptly and efficiently attended to, and in this connection 25 Battalion was well served both by its medical officers and by other ranks who tended the wounded. In this attack the driver of the RAP jeep (Private S. J. Copeland) received a Military Medal for his services, a very well-earned distinction, as his citation shows:

    ‘During the advance Private Copeland made many trips throughout the night to exposed positions over the Battalion area, under heavy artillery, mortar, and machine-gun fire, collecting and bringing back wounded to the RAP. Throughout the following two days after the Battalion had consolidated and was suffering casualties, Pte Copeland continually went forward to the Coys under heavy artillery and mortar fire to bring back the wounded from the forward areas….’' (Source: Puttick, E. 25 Battalion. p. 503.) AWMM
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Death

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Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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  • External links
    • 'The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.' (London Gazette, 10 May 1945, p.2455.). Military Medal.
      http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/37072/supplements/2455
      Further Reference
    • 'Private Copeland was the driver of the Regimental Aid Post jeep of 25 NZ Battalion. On the night of 24-25 September 1944 the Battalion attacked against strongly-held enemy positions in the RIVER USO sector, Italy. During the advance he made many trips throughout the night to exposed positions, under heavy artillery, mortar and machine-gun fire, collecting and bringing back wounded to the post. During the following two days, after the Battalion had consolidated and was suffering casualties, he continually went forward under heavy fire to bring back wounded from the forward areas. Throughout the action he showed an outstanding devotion to duty and a complete disregard of personal danger. His readiness to go forward promptly under very adverse conditions, where no other means of evacuation was possible, was the direct means of saving many lives which would otherwise have been lost.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Copeland, Stanley John. (Ref. WO 373/11/627). Military Medal.
      http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D7353917
      Further Reference
  • Documents
    • Puttick, E. (1960). 25 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.503. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.42 AWMM
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