Private William Couper

Private William Olaf Couper, 28th Battalion ( Northwest) Canadian Infantry Forces. He was killed in action in France on 11th August 1918 aged 29 during the “Advance to Victory ” He was the son of William and Phoebe Couper of Quebec and is buried in Cruoy British Cemetery, Cruoy Sur Somme, France. He fell during the Battle of Amiens which was the opening phase of the “Hundred Days Offensive” and which ultimately led to the Allied Victory. The German Commander Ludendorff called the Battle ” the Black Day of the German Army due to its many casualties including very many prisoners which would seem to indicate declining morale. His Headstone is inscribed ” Has Only Gone Before Us Soon We’ll Meet To Part No More Mother & Sister “. The photographs show Allied troops advancing after the retreating Germans during the final 100 days of the War. The final photo shows  victorious Canadians troops entering the town of Mons after its capture in November 1918. It was here on 23rd August that the British Army had fought its first Battle of the War and after four years the wheel had come full circle.

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