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Frederick George Coppins
Born (1889-10-25)October 25, 1889
Died March 20, 1963(1963-03-20) (aged 73)
Place of birth Kent, England
Place of death Livermore, California, United States of America
Buried at Chapel of the Chimes columbarium, Oakland, California
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Flag of Canada (1868–1921).svg Canada
Service/branch British Army
Canadian Expeditionary Force
Years of service 1914 - 1919
Rank Corporal
Unit Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
8th (Winnipeg Rifles) Battalion, CEF
Battles/wars First World War
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross

Frederick George Coppins VC (25 October 1889 – 20 March 1963[1]) was a Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He was born in England and served with the Royal West Kent Regiment before the First World War

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He was 28 years old, and a corporal in the 8th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force[2] during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 9 August 1918 at Hackett Woods, near Amiens, France, Corporal Coppins' platoon came unexpectedly under fire of numerous machine-guns. It was not possible to advance or retire and there was no cover. Corporal Coppins, calling on four men to follow him, leapt forward in the face of intense machine-gun fire and rushed straight for the guns. The four men with him were killed and he was wounded, but going on alone, he killed the operator of the first gun and three of the crew and took four prisoners. Despite his wound, he then continued with his platoon to the final objective.

Later life[edit | edit source]

After the war, he enlisted as a special constable during the Winnipeg General Strike where he was injured. A record exists for his enlistment in World War II at Angel's Camp Calaveras Co. California aged 50 but it is unknown what role he played. He later moved to California where he died. He is interred at the Chapel of the Chimes columbarium in Oakland, California.[3] Coppins' medals are located in a collection at the Royal Winnipeg Rifles Museum, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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