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Memorable Manitobans: Frederick George Coppins (1889-1963)

Military hero.

Born in England, he moved to Winnipeg with his family. He served as a sergeant major in the Eighth Batallion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. The winner of a Victoria Cross, he was the only surviving member of a party of five who had volunteered to destroy 24 enemy machine-gun nests. He not only succeeded but marched back with prisoners. In 1919 he enlisted as a special constable at the time of the Winnipeg General Strike and had two ribs broken in a melee on 10 June. He later moved to California and worked in the construction industry in Oakland.

He died in the US Administration Hospital in Livermore, California.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 8 August 2009

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