ID: OOD_214 / Edwin Sparrow

TitleRobert Leslie Coppin, Langenhoe, died 21 October 1941
AbstractWW2 Memorial Profiles for Abberton and Langenhoe


Aircraftman 2nd Class, Service No. 1134494
6 Service Flying Training School, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Died 21 October 1941 age 27.
Buried Little Rissington (St Peter) Churchyard, Gloucester

Robert died with a number of other RAF & WAAF personnel, as a result of a bus crash, where the bus caught fire. This was in Cheltenham on the Andoversford Road in Gloucestershire, during the Second World War.

Robert was born 7 March 1914, the eldest son of George Clifford Neville and Ethel May Neville née Coppin, of Langenhoe, Essex. He had 4 brothers all of whom served in the Second World War and of whom Stanley also lost his life. Cyril served for 4 ½ years in India with the Queen's Own Royal West Kents. Bernard was to serve in India with the RAF. The other brother Leonard served at Thetford in Norfolk with the RAF. Stanley enlisted in the Essex Regiment, served in the Middle East, was captured and became a Prisoner of War. He died in an Allied bombing raid on the factory where he was being forced to work.

Robert married Elsie M. Reynolds in 1937. She was born in Peldon, daughter of William Thomas Reynolds and Harriet. By 1939 Robert and Elsie were living at Bungalow Cottage on the Causeway in Langenhoe, and he was a plasterer. They had a son, Michael. They were next door but one to George and Ethel Nevill, Robert's parents

Elsie remarried in 1946 - Harry Bernard Ponder, one of a large local family. Bernard worked as a storeman at Clarke & Carter on Mersea, and died in 1994 and Elsie in 2004.

Defence Medal 1939-45 War Medal

He was entitled to the Defence Medal and the 1939-45 War Medal.

Little Rissington, Gloucestershire

Robert is buried at Little Rissington (Saint Peter) Churchyard, Gloucestershire in Row E. Col. grave. This grave yard contains some 50 to 60 graves of British, Canadian and Australian Airmen, who operated from the nearby airfield in World War 2. Robert was interred with five others in a communal grave. They are :-

1317209   Aircraftman 2nd Class K. J. Fuller, RAFVR, aged 20. He was the son of Guy & Hestor Elizabeth Fuller of Mosterton, Dorsetshire.
1084639Aircraftman 2nd  Class John Baseley, RAFVR. He was the son of W.T. & Isobella Baseley, of Notting Hill, London
1154921Corporal Sidney Francis Andrews, RAFVR aged 25. He was the son of Sidney & Lillian Andrews; and husband of Sheila Andrews of Ealing, Middlesex.
52152Leading Aircraftman Harold Thomas Stokes, RAF aged 60. He was the husband of Laura Louise Stokes of Cheltenham.
1525727Aircraftman 2nd Class Fred Poulter, RAFVR aged 36. He was the son of George & Fanny Poulter; and husband of Beatrice Poulter, of Wombwell, Yorkshire.
1315853Leading Aircraftman Sydney George  Peter Medwin (pilot under training) RAFVR aged 19.  He was the son of Sydney & Florence Medwin of Cookham Berkshire.
1331436Leading Aircraftman Michel  Brady de Maynard  (pilot under training) RAFVR

Information obtained from The Commonwealth War Graves web site.
Photographs and information were also supplied by his family.

11 November 2000 written for repared by Saint Andrew's Parochial Church Council by Edwin Sparrow
11 November 2007 updated by Edwin Sparow
1 December 2020 formatted for web, more family information added by Tony Millatt

AuthorEdwin Sparrow
SourceMersea Museum