Cooper William Pte 4457099
Name Cooper William
Army number 4457099
Decorations None known beyond Service Awards
Date of birth Born 1/10/1918 at Penshaw (now Sunderland District). Mother's maiden name Francis Anne Raine, who came from North Biddick.
Age 87 years at the time of his death.
Unit Enlisted in The Durham Light Infantry 19/10/1939. Posted to the 11th Battalion. Underwent Basic Training. Served with the B.E.F. in Northern France? Served Iceland. Served Normandy and North West Europe. Posted to ? Battalion of the DLI on the disbandment of the 11th Battalion. Relegated to the Z (T) Reserve 21/4/1946. Demobilised.
Platoon or other sub-unit Not yet known.
Task or role Driver.
Joined Brigade 19/10/1939.
Promotions None known.
Wounded Not so far as is known.
Prisoner of War Not so far as is known.
Died/Killed in action Date of death 23/6/2006.
Home address Enlistment documentation shows Pte Cooper as working as a butcher immediately before joining the Army, employed by a business based at 1 Alexandra Terrace, Penshaw. The 1939 General Register - taken just before his enlistment, shows him as living with his mother and brother at 8, Douglas Terrace, Penshaw. His mother later moved to 4, West View, Penshaw where William lived with her on his return from the Army and at the time of his marriage. Married Margaret Parr on 14/5/1949 in All Saints Church, Penshaw.
Much of the information on this Page has been supplied by Pte Cooper's granddaughter, Claire Anderson, as were the associated photographs which are found on the Regimenal Page at http://70brigade.newmp.org.uk/wiki/Photographs_of_men_from_the_Battalion_in_Iceland_1940/1941