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Alan John Copland

Portrait, Weekly News 24 December 1941 - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Weekly News 24 December 1941 - This image may be subject to copyright

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Alan John AWMM
  • Surname
    Copland AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Jack AWMM
  • Service number
    1738 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 54 Westminster Street, St Albans, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs A. Copland (mother), 54 Westminster Street, St Albans, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 31 March 1940 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Western Desert AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    1738 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Alan Copland was the son of Martin Ephraim and Amy Copland of Christchurch.

    The photographs of his grave was supplied by his friend, Private Gordon Williams, who was with him when he was killed and helped bury him. He decorated his grave with white desert snail shells. Under the photo in Mr Williams' album is written 'Only the best'.

    The photo of the Helix desertorum (Forskal, 1775) shells was taken by the Museum Photographer in 1999. The collection of shells was brought back from the Western Desert by Captain F.W. Short MC, Imperial Army who served and was an active of the Auckland Conchology Club serving as President, Secretary and committee member. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    25 November 1941 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    Western DesertNorth Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma, Libya AWMM Plot 14 Row H Grave 2 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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