Redvers Lionel Bewicke-Copley

Redvers Bewicke-Copley

Title: Redvers Bewicke-Copley
Description: By kind permission of Anne Bewicke-Copley by-nc

Redvers Bewicke-Copley was born September 1890 in London. He was educated at Eton and later joined the Army. In 1911, he was living in Windsor Barracks and serving as an officer in the Coldstream Guards.

As soon as the First World War broke out, Redvers went to the Western Front. In a letter home to his sister, he mentioned that he shared a joint mess with Raymond Peake, who lived at Bawtry Hall. Raymond was commanding No.1 company and Redvers was commanding No.2. Redvers said of Raymond “He seems to be quite a nice fellow.. one of the friendliest I have seen for some time (Like father like son!)” During the Battle of Aisne, in which Redvers fought, his brother-in-law Foljambe was killed in action. While helping a wounded comrade in October 1914, Redvers received a severe wound through his collarbone and clavicle. He was eventually discharged from hospital in January 1915 and following an operation to remove plates from his clavicle, he began his recovery. When applying for a wound gratuity he stated ‘I have been without the proper use of my right arm since October last’. In July 1915 he was promoted to Captain, but by November of 1915 Redvers was still at Sprotbrough Hall and suffering with his wound.

In May 1916, Redvers received a medical inspection and was told he’d soon be recovered and by June was declared fit for service. Just six months later, on 21 December 1916, Redvers was killed in action. He was helping his men fix wires close to the German trenches and was killed by a stray bullet in the early hours of the morning. His personal effects returned were a silver watch with leather guard (damaged), silver match box, silver chain with 3 keys attached, leather covered cigarette case and a photograph. His estate was estimated in his will as worth £800 16s 11d, and was settled with his father Robert Calverley Allington Bewicke-Copley, brigadier general H.M. Army.

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