Coupe William Captain Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class 246436

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Father William (Bill) Coupe in the 1960's.
Father William (Bill) Coupe in the 1960's.

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 [[1]] [[2]] 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.