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Copeland, E.S., 1896-

E.S. Copeland. – 1915. – 1 letter. – Six pages, numbered [1], 2-3, [-], 4-5.

Erwin (Ermin) Stuart Copeland born 15 Sept. 1896, enlisted at Wingham, Ont. on 18 Sept. 1914 and was assigned to the First Canadian Battalion. There he met a number of soldiers from Watford, Ontario. In 1915 he was 19 years old and held the rank of Corporal.

The letter he wrote is dated June 1915 somewhere in France and is addressed to Mrs. Newell. The letter concerns the death of her son, Lawrence Gunn Newell, on 23 April 1915 from wounds sustained during the advance on Ypres. The letter also concerns another son, Claude, and other soldiers from the Watford area. The Newell brothers were the sons of Thomas and Sarah Newell. Gunn Newell was the first Lambton County solider to die in the Great War. Copeland asks her to have the essence of his letter printed in the Watford newspaper.

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Item (27-2003) was acquired from on the Alexander Gallery on 14 June 2003.
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