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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.

Sources:

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

Page revised: 8 August 2009

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