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Capt William lancaster Cooper RE


JoshTree

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Is it possible to find  any of his service history  where he served etc believe he was born in Bournemouth in 1891 possibility he attended Bournemouth Boys school with his brother Cyril Henry ..Stuck on his medal card ...Any advice welcome thank you 

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A starter for 10 maybe considering the Bournemouth connection

 

Army list 1916 gives

 

Lt HL Cooper Hampshire Fortress Engineers 4th Electrical Light Company (TF)

 

http://www.1914-1918.net/re_fortress.htm

 

Seniority Date 9th Dec 1914.

 

His service records are at TNA

 

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C685561

 

His MIC is on Ancestry with a correspondance address that looks like Staunton, Exeter Park Bournemouth.

 

Arrived in France 16th July 1918..awarded the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Territorial War Medal.

 

http://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bin/sse.dll?_phsrc=SAZ13606&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true&gss=angs-c&new=1&rank=1&msT=1&MS_AdvCB=1&gsfn=William lancaster&gsfn_x=1&gsln=Cooper&gsln_x=1&cp=0&MSAV=2&MSV=0&uidh=v94&pcat=39&h=4743395&recoff=9 10 11&dbid=1262&indiv=1&ml_rpos=1

 

Andy

 

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Thank you i have been left to research this soldier as part of a Bournemouth Exhibition starting very shortly due to a hiccup with another researcher, thank you for the pointers..

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No worries.

 

The intriguing thing is why he went to France in 1918 as a TF Fortress man?

 

A visit to TNA may reveal this...!

 

Andy

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He was LCpl William Lancaster Cooper before commissioning so this may open up other pre war service records.

Andy

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I am still quite new to this , does this mean he was part of the coastal defence  say around Portsmouth? The electric lights being searchlights?  Sorry if this was a nonsense question .

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I think that was their role and the School of Electrical Lighting (Searchlights) was at Stokes Bay

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Hi Josh,

 

4 hours ago, JoshTree said:

believe he was born in Bournemouth in 1891

 

What appears to be his death registration record gives a DoB of 15th November 1890. He seems to have died on 6th May 1981.

 

 

2 hours ago, JoshTree said:

...does this mean he was part of the coastal defence  say around Portsmouth?

 

3 hours ago, HolymoleyRE said:

Army list 1916 gives

 

Lt HL Cooper Hampshire Fortress Engineers 4th Electrical Light Company (TF

 

The LLT says:

 

Consisting of HQ, Nos 1 and 2 Works Company at Portsmouth, No 3 Works Company at Eastleigh, No 4 Electric Light Company at Portsmouth, No 5 Electric Light Company at Freshwater and No 6 Electric Light Company at Gosport, part of Southern Coastal Defences. During 1915 the company also formed the 1/7th Hampshire Field Company, which was later renamed as 506 (Hampshire) Field Company. This unit left England on 19 October 1915, arriving at Salonika via Alexandria on 25 November 1915.

 

Regards

Chris

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They were Defence Electric Lights,  most I think were 120 cm lights which operated in support of the RGA. No 4 EL Company manned Spitbank Fort, No Man's Land Fort and Horse Sand Fort. His personal file at TNA may tell you which unit he was serving overseas with.

 

TR

 

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I have booked to stay on No Man's Land Fort at the end of July (20th Wedding Anniversary)..so this give an interesting angle for the trip....

 

Best not tell my good lady!

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The London Gazette link to his gazetting as 2nd Lt, per Andy's post #5, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/29000/page/10456

Promoted temp. Lt. 25 June 1916 https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/29638/supplement/6312

To be temp. Captain 29 October 1916 https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/29806/supplement/10510

Promotion to Lt. date of precedence to be 1 June 1916 https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/30382/supplement/11813

Seconded and relinquished temp. rank of Capt. on alteration in posting https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/30504/supplement/1535 heading on previous page

Restored to the establishment of the Royal Engineers. T.F., [from secondment] https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/30789/supplement/8153

To be acting Capt. 12 January 1919 https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/31664/supplement/14776 

Resigned his commission 12 November 1920 and granted the rank of Captain https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/32121/supplement/10950

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