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mark coupMark Coups was born in Manchester in about 1895 and was the son of Christopher Dransfield Coups (b.1868), a railway clerk and Julietta Martin Coups (née Tress b.1870).

In 1911 the family lived in Smeaton Street, Horwich. The household consisted of Mark, his parents and siblings Christopher b.1898, May Eliza b.1901, Thomas b.1903, James b.1907 and Frank b.1910.

Mark enlisted in the Army at Horwich on 24th August 1914 and joined the 6th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment with the number 11842.

He sailed for Gallipoli from Avonmouth aboard HMT Braemar Castle on 15th June 1915 and was killed in action at Chunuk Bair on 10th August 1915.

The official despatch about the action states;

“The two battalions of the New Army chosen to hold Chunuk Bair were the 6th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. The first of these arrived in good time and occupied the trenches. Even in the darkness their commanding officer, Lieut-Colonel H.G. Levinge, recognized how dangerously these trenches were sited, and he began at once to dig observation posts on the actual crest and to strengthen the defences where he could; but he had not time given him to do much.

The second battalion, the Wiltshires, were delayed by the intricate country; they did not reach the edge of the entrenchment until 4am, and were then told to lie down in what was believed, erroneously, to be a covered position. At daybreak on Tuesday 10th August, the Turks delivered a grand attack from the Chunuk Bair Hill-Q against these two battalions, already weakened in numbers, though not in spirit, by previous fighting.

First our men were shelled by every enemy gun, and then, at 5.30am, were assaulted by a huge column consisting of no less than a full division, plus a regiment of three battalions.

The Loyal North Lancashire men were simply overwhelmed in their shallow trenches by sheer weight in numbers, whilst the Wiltshires who were caught in the open, were literally almost annihilated. The ponderous mass of enemy swept over the crest, turned the right flank of our line below, swarmed round the Hampshires and General Baldwin’s column, which had to which had to give ground and were only extricated with great difficulty and very heavy losses.

Towards this supreme struggle the absolute last two battalions from our general reserve were now hurried, but by 10am, the effort of the enemy was spent. Soon their shattered remnants began to trickle back, leaving a track of corpses behind them, and by nightfall, except prisoners or wounded, no live Turk was left upon our side of the slope.”

An article appeared in a local newspaper on Christmas eve that year announcing the death of two Horwich men.

Bolton Journal and Guardian 24th December 1915

Two Horwich Soldiers Killed
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Coupes (sic), 17 Smeaton-st., Horwich, have received an intimation from the War Office that their son, Private Mark Coupes (11842), of the 6th Battalion, L.N.L. Regiment was killed in the Dardanelles on August 10th. Pte. Coupes was 20 years of age and enlisted on the 24th of August last year. After having been in training at Salisbury, Winchester and Aldershot, he went to the Dardanelles in June last. Deceased was employed as an engine cleaner at the Loco. Works prior to enlisting. He was also a fairly well-known footballer and billiard player. In connexion with his football capabilities he recently won a medal given by the officers of his company. He was well-known in Horwich, and joined the army at the same time in the Dardanelles on August 10th. Pte. Coupes was 20 years of age, and enlisted on the 24th of August last as another soldier, who has given his life for his country, Pte. Richard Tickle, whose regimental number was 11841, whilst Pte. Coupes was 11842.

Mark is remembered on the Helles Memorial, and the Horwich Loco Works War Memorial in the UK.

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The Helles Memorial

Horwich Loco Works Memorial

Horwich Loco Works Memorial

Rank: Private
Service No: 11842
Date of Death: 10/08/1915
Age: 20
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 6th Bn.

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One Response to 11842 PTE. M. COUPS. L.N.LAN.R.

  1. Mark Perks says:

    As a former Mayor of Horwich 1993 and recently Chorley 2017 this years remembrance day will mean more to me. Thankyou for this information on Mark Coups the brother of my grandad Thomas and the uncle I was named after. Feeling very emotional and proud. This means a lot to me as my family never mentioned his story. I shall be placing a wreath at the Horwich Loco works memorial to Mark and the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

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