|Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)||35838||2/5th Battalion; B Coy|
Photo courtesy Alastair Cooper
Born at Nether Heage, George was raised at Wingfield Park and Wheatcroft. He was born 8 September 1892 in Heage to Joseph and Clara Cooper. The Crich National School's admissions register for 1902 has them living at Pothouse with the name of the last school being Fritchley. Enlisting in Dec 1915, he was mobilised in Feb 1916. He was captured as a PoW on 21 March 1918 (the first day of the German Spring Offensive) and was interned in PoW camps at Dülmen and Limburg. After demob, he married Doris Burton Hoyland in 1925 and moved to Tideswell they had had four children. For years, he worked as a motorcycle patrolman for the AA. After WW2, he relocated to Matlock. He died in 1982.
He became a prisoner of war at Bullecourt on 21 March 1918 (the first day of the German Spring Offensive 1918) and was in Bülmen Camp and Limburg Camp. Both PoW records have his date of birth incorrectly recorded it should have been 'Heage 8.9.92'
Medal Index Record
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.
Prisoner of War Records
Cooper George 35838; Pte Notts & Derby;
Bullecourt 21.3.18; Marchiennes; communiqué famille 26.4.18;
Hill House, Cromford, Matlock; Mother (as above);
Cooper George 35838; 2/5 N.Derby;
Bullecourt 21.3.1918, Bülmen;
Limberg, sometimes spelt 'Lumberg' was reputed to have been one of the worst of the WW1 Prisoner of War camps, with very basic facilities.
1901: South Wingfield
|Clara E||Cooper||wife||33||South Wingfield|
|Hilda A||Cooper||daughter||5||South Wingfield|
|Sarah E||Baldwin||visitor||16?||Farmers daughter||Crich|
|Joseph Isaac||Cooper||Head||42||Corn miller out of work||Heage|
|Sarah Ann||Cooper||wife||48||Crooks Sheffield|
|George||Cooper||son||18||Coal Screener above ground||Heage|
|Hilda Annie||Cooper||daughter||15||Woollen Mill hand bitter||South Wingfield|
RG14PN20984 RG78PN1251 RD436 SD4 ED13 SN159
1918 Voters List, Crich
George Cooper, the Cross; absent on military service
1939 Register: Whitecross Road, Bakewell
George Cooper b.8 September 1892; AA road services
Doris B Cooper b.20 February 1897
Brenda Cooke (Cooper) b.10 June 1928; school
three closed records