An Old Coathamian – Not Forgotten


No. 1530957 Sergeant (Navigator), Royal Air Force
Volunteer Reserve.

Died 28 August 1943, aged 26 years.

Buried in Marske-by-the-Sea (St. Germain) Churchyard,
Row N, Grave 25.

The unit to which he belonged, and the circumstances of his death, are at present unknown.

Harry Coupe was the son of Stephen and Ethel Coupe of Marske-by-the-Sea. His father was a fitter, perhaps working in the iron and steel industry. Harry had an elder sister, Phyllis, and two older brothers, Tom and Frank, each of whom won scholarships to the School. Harry also won a North Riding County Council Scholarship to attend Coatham School in September 1927. Aged ten, he joined Gale’s House, later renamed Cochrane’s. In 1933 he was Cochrane’s captain of swimming and also played rugby and cricket for his house. From 1933 to 1935, he played for the school’s 1st teams at both rugby, alongside Clapham and Nichols (q.v.), and cricket, alongside Leaf (q.v.), for which he was awarded his colours. He passed his School Certificate examinations in 1932, and in his final year, 1934-35, he was a school prefect, captain of his house and of the school cricket team. At the time of his war service he was married. He and his wife Elizabeth lived in Darlington, and his parents were still living in Marske at the time of his death. He was first recorded on the School’s Roll of Honour in December 1943.