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William Paterson Coupar mill mechanic1,2

M, #6881, b. circa 1915, d. 1995
Last Edited: 8 Nov 2020


2nd cousin 2 times removed of Robert Carson 'the Computer Doctor'
  • Birth*: William Paterson Coupar mill mechanic was born circa 1915 at Lochee, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland, .2
  • He was the son of Alexander Hamilton Coupar joiner and Jane Anne Paterson factory worker.
  • (Deceased) Death*: William Paterson Coupar mill mechanic died in 1995 at Durban, Natal, South Africa, .3
  • Obituary: The obituary of William Paterson Coupar mill mechanic was was published on 13 January 1995 at South Africa, . Mr Coupar dies in South Africa
    A former Dundee man who has lived abroad for many years has died at his home in South Africa.
    Mr William Coupar (80) was born in Lochee and joined Andrew Yule & Co as a mechanicl engineer after leaving Harris Academy.
    He went to work for the company in Calcutta in 1938 and on the outbreak of war enlisted in the British Army at Barrackpore, being assigned to 245 BAttery, Toral Artillery.
    He served throughout the Burma Campaign and was awarded the Burma Star.
    On leave in South Africa he met and married Dora and the couple lived in Calcutta after the was before retiring to South Africa.
    Mr Coupar is survived by his wife and a cousin in Dalgety Bay.4
  • (Passenger) Passenger List*: He was mentioned on a passenger list for R:Ship on 18 June 1938 at London, Calcutta, India, . Age 23, 37 High Street Lochee, mill mechanic, Scotland to India;

    Wm Paterson Coupar
    Birth Date
    Departure Date
    Port of Departure
    London England
    Destination Port
    Calcutta India
    Ship Name
    Shipping Line
    B I S N Company, Limited
    Official Number
    J W Gilchrist.5,6

Census & Directory Entries

Witness1938William Paterson Coupar mill mechanic witnessed the electoral roll of Jane Anne Paterson factory worker in 1938 at 37 High Street, Lochee, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, ; First name(s)     William P
Last name     Coupar
Year     1938
Name as transcribed     Coupar, William P.
Street     High Street
Place     Dundee
County     Forfarshire (Angus)
Country     Scotland
Record set     Scotland, Dundee & Forfarshire (Angus) Electoral Registers 1857-1939
Category     Census, land & surveys
Subcategory     Electoral Rolls
Collections from     Great Britain, Scotland.7

Military Service

  • Military Service*: William Paterson Coupar mill mechanic served with the Royal Artillery between 1939 and 1945 Title     Mr
    First name(s)     William
    Last name     Coupar
    Age     80
    Birth year     1915
    Birth place     Lochee
    Death year     1995
    Residence     South Africa
    Periodical     Dundee Courier & Telegraph Obituaries 1869-2018
    Publication year     1995
    Publication date     13 Jan 1995
    Place     Dundee
    County     Forfarshire (Angus)
    Country     Scotland
    Volume     11
    Page     164
    Record set     Scotland, Newspaper Death Reports & Obituaries
    Category     Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records
    Subcategory     Parish Burials
    Collections from     Great Britain, Scotland.4


  1. [S6] From CPT [Dec 2009].
  2. [S14] General Record Office for Scotland, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, General Record Office for Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland), Statutory Birth 1915 Lochee 282/5 48 no image [Jun 2020].
  3. [S47] Ancestry.com Ancestry Public Member Trees, Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date:2006;, Ancestry member RWS Miller1 [Jun 2020].
  4. [S54] Website findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk) Record Transcription:
    Scotland, Newspaper Death Reports & Obituaries Dundee Courier [Jun 2020].
  5. [S6] From CPT [Sept 2010].
  6. [S9] Website Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk) UK and Ireland, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960 for Wm Paterson Coupar London 1938 June [Jun 2020].
  7. [S54] Website findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk) Scotland, Dundee & Forfarshire (Angus) Electoral Registers 1857-1939 Image [Jun 2020].