Soldier – Cooper J.R. – Killed by Shell (picture)

January 1917

Mexborough and Swinton Times January 27, 1917

Private John Robert Cooper
(York and Lancaster)

Mrs Cooper, Castle Terrace, Low Road, Conisborough, has received news that her husband, private J.R.Cooper has been killed in France, at the age of 27.

It was with a working party which was heavily shelled by the enemy. An officer and seven men were killed and several men wounded.

The chaplain writes:

“He was killed instantaneously and could have suffered little or no pain. He was buried in Transport Cemetery, and several comrades were present. A cross will be erected over is grey. He will be greatly missed by his comrades, but our loss is not to be compared to yours.

He did his duty as a man, gave up his life for his country and in a righteous cause.”

Private Cooper enlisted October 26, 1914 and went to France September 2, 1916.

From C.W.G.C.:

Rank: Private
Service No: 16190
Date of Death: 07/01/1917
Regiment/Service: York and Lancaster Regiment 9th Bn.

Grave Reference: VII. D. 4.