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Cooper brothers RFA and KRRC

Matt 71

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could anybody help me with information about the Cooper brothers please? Most of what I’ve found out is in the photos, I was given a medal by his younger brother many years ago, I always presumed it was his own but turns out it was William J Coopers. 

many thanks Matt



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Gnr. Charles Wallace COOPER, 70474, RFA - Has a disability claim for a pension at WFA/Fold3 [Pension Index Card & Pension Ledger Index Card] from 19.4.19 - for a sprained Lt Knee - disability level and consequentially quantum of pension appear to be reducing.

:-) M

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There is a service record on FMP for William John Cooper 12602 attesting in the East Lancs regiment discharged 24/10/1914 “Discharged not likely to become an efficient soldier”.

Same address 25 Hubie St. Burnley.

Mother Sarah Cooper.




It’s possible that Ancestry will also have the file.


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Hi Matt,

As per Matlock above, Fold3 have a pension card for Charles. It says that he was discharged on 18.4.1919, and had an assessed disability of 30% due to an attributable sprain to his left knee. His medal roll records say that he arrived overseas (France) on 4.9.1915, and whilst once a Bombardier he reverted to being a Gunner on 10.6.1916 at his own request.

Looking at papers for near number RFA men shows:

70442 Noden - attested 9.1.1915. Joined at 6 Depot (Glasgow) 11.1.1915
70485 Robinson - attested 11.1.1915. Joined at 6 Depot (Glasgow) 12.1.1915
70496 Corlett - - attested at and joined 6 Depot (Glasgow) 11.1.1915
70499 Finch -  - attested 9.1.1915. Joined at 6 Depot (Glasgow) 11.1.1915


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R/9001 - 9 Jan 1915
R/9069 - 11 Jan 1915

Looking at other men we can tie #9031's enlistment to between 09 and 11 Jan 1915.

This suggests that, as it was outside of the range for which the war gratuity was paid based just on his death, the army may have become aware of the earlier period of service and factored that service in.




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Charles Wallace Cooper 1914/1915 Star roll entry says he went to France on 4 Sep 1915.  I can't find any batch of men arriving on that some date so won't hazard a guess as to his RFA unit.



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