Coupe William Captain Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class 246436
Name Coupe William (Bill)
Army number 246436
Rank Captain, Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class.
Date of birth 25/6/1912 at Chorley.
Age 77 at the time of his death.
Unit Ordained 13/3/1937. Held several Curacies - Eccles 1937 - 1940 then St Edmund, Bolton 1940 - 1942. Commissioned as a Captain in the Royal Army Chaplains' Department 13/10/1942. Posted 70th Infantry Brigade HQ 27/10/1942. Attached to 187th Field Ambulance as Chaplain 1/11/1942. Attached to 10th Battalion DLI 31/1/1944. Transferred back to 187th Field Ambulance. Transferred back to 10th Battalion DLI March 1944. Believed to have served in Normandy. Demobilised in 1947 then became Curate at Colne 1951 - 52, then Bacup 1952 - 55 and finally St Ann, Stretford 1955 - 59. Sent to Blackburn in 1959 and established a new parish at Shadsworth, including overseeing the building of a Church, the Presbytery and three schools. Retired in 1987 on ill-health grounds.
Company/Battery Battalion HQ, Field Ambulance HQ.
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role Padre.
Joined Brigade 27/10/1942.
Promotions None known.
Wounded Not as far as is known.
Prisoner of War Not so far as is known.
Died/Killed in action Died at the Care Home in Burnley on 3/4/1990 and is buried at Pleasington Priory [] [] in Blackburn.
Home address Educated at Lisbon. Retired to McAuley Mount Care Home in Burnley, having served as a Parish Priest for 28 years.
Source table 10DLI
Grateful thanks are due to Paul Bolger for the biographical information on Padre Coupe.