Author: Sandra Copas
Date published: 23/01/2017

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©Sandra Copas

Francis Victor “Frank” Copas                                                                                    (grave: W23)

Frank was born in Newbury on 15th. September, 1887; died 1951.  Frank's parents were Albert Copas and Caroline, nee Hibbert.

The family were living in Wharf Road, Newbury at the time of the 1891, 1901 and 1911 Census.  Frank became a butcher working for Liddiards and later for Mrs Cuff in Inches Yard, Newbury. In 1939 he is living with his own family at 21 Rectory Close, Newbury and his occupation is given as Retail Butcher Manager.

On 5th April, 1915, he married Daisy Annie Hartridge, (1887 - 1965) who was born in Bromley, Kent where her father was a Master Butcher with his own shop in Palace Road. Daisy was a ladies maid for Lady Cross at the Manor House in Aston Tirrold. (It’s said that they met when he was delivering meat to the household.)

Frank was a driver in the RASC during the First World War.

He and Daisy made their first home at 78 Gloucester Road, Newbury and their three children were born there –

Robert James “Bob” 1918-1984

Cynthia Mary 1921-2010,  married a Thurling

Katherine May 1923-2015,  married a Colhoun


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