1892 Jan 31 Born Huddersfield, Yorkshire
1901 census at Siddon's Yard, West Street, Oundle, Northants
1909 - Aug 1914 Working in textiles for Watkinson of Holmfirth, Huddersfield
1911 census at Hillhouse, Holmbridge, Huddersfield
1915 Apr 14 Lands in France with West Yorks Regt
1917 Nov 8 Commissioned in RAF
1918 Mar 25. RAF . Temp.. Flying Officer (on prob.), Gen. List, and to be confirmed in their rank:—W. E. Copley.
1919 Apr 9. Transferred to unemployed list
1920 Aug 10 Joined ADRIC with service no 177. Section Leader B Coy
Fined 1 days pay by Commandant
1922 Jan 21. Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC
1925 Jul Married Sarah Annie Penrose at Doncaster
1929 Jan/Mar Son born John E P Copley
1939 Apr 11. Gets pilot's licence. He is running a pub.
1946 Nov 19 Died in Chapel le Frith, Yorkshire