Duncan Cenotaph

As part of our project to document the names on the Duncan Cenotaph in Charles Hoey Park, here is a page on Ernest Hugh Copeman, 2nd Lieutenant, who was killed in action, aged 27, on 18 March 1916 while serving with the Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment), 6th Bn. attached. 37th Bn. Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial.

Here is the local Cowichan Leader newspaper report of the death of 2nd Lieutenant Ernest Hugh Copeman:


A London despatch reports that Lieut. Ernest Hugh Copeman, West Kents, has been killed in action. He was the fourth son of Mr. Thomas Copeman, of Aylsham, Norfolk and was 27 years of age. Mr. Copeman resided for some time at Sahtlam. He returned to England with another brother at the outbreak of the war, enlisted as a private and subsequently gained a commission.”

(Source: Cowichan Leader, 30 March 1916. Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives collections)

Here are links to some additional information on 2nd Lieutenant Ernest Hugh Copeman:

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