Herbert Cooper (1897–1967)


Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 32314 10th Battalion
Leicestershire Regiment 60580 14th Battalion

photos courtesy Maureen Carlile

Herbert Cooper in WW1

 A lifelong resident of Fritchley, Herbert enlisted circa Nov 1915 with his brother, Joseph. Both brothers served on the Western Front. Herbert returned home on leave in Feb 1918 after spending three weeks in hospital at Southampton suffering with trench foot. He married married Phoebe Rice in 1922 September qtr (Belper reg district) and had two daughters. The family lived at Hill Top, Fritchley, and Bert worked for a period as a brick setter. Enlisted circa Nov 1915 into14th Leics Regt

photos courtesy Maureen Carlile

Herbert Cooper with fellow soldiers in WW1

Herbert standing second left

Herbert Cooper in hospial group WW1

Herbert seated centre in hospital blues
Believed to be at Southampton Hospital in 1918

Photo courtesy Bill Wragg

Glady Cooper weding 1946

Herbert Cooper (standing, second right)
The wedding of his elder daughter, Gladys Cooper, to George Gregory
Belper in 1946

Medal Index Record
Lance Sergeant Herbert Cooper: 32314 10/Notts & Derby Pte; 60581 14/Leic. Regt L/Sgt
Awarded the Victory and British War medals.

Newspaper Report

Derbyshire Courier 23 February 1918
Soldiers over on leave during the week include Dispatch Rider Herbert Mercer (R.E.), who came on Sunday. He has been in France since September, nineteen fifteen, and was last on leave about ten months ago. Lance-Corporal John Curzon, of the Tours, has been over, having recently recovered from shrapnel wounds in his shoulder. Cpl Herbert Cooper, of Fritchley, another wounded soldier, came over last Friday, after spending three weeks in Southampton Hospital, suffering with trench foot. He came from the Arras front. Driver Samuel Lynam, son of Mr F.J.Lynam is another Fritchley soldier over from France. Signaller Arthur Bowmer, one of the four soldier sons of Mr and Mrs John Bowmer, of the Cross, came from France on Tuesday. Signaller Arthur Perry, Machine Gunner, Maurice Perry, and Private Charles Perry, the three fighting sons of Mr and Mrs C.Perry of the Market Place, have also been over together. The two former have been in France for about three years, never met each other. Maurice has been wounded and gassed four times.

Postcard from Crich Parish

Courtesy Maureen Carlisle

WW1 postcard

Ww1 postcard from Crich Parish

Herbert's brother Joseph Cooper is also on the Roll of Honour and served with the Foresters. They had close regimental numbers – Joseph's was 32312 and Herbert's was 32314.


1901: The Poplars, Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Philip Cooper Head 39 Patent steel wiredrawer Codnor
Elizabeth Cooper wife 38   Fritchley
Henry Cooper son 16 Engine cleaner Fritchley
George Cooper son 14 Factory hand Fritchley
Joseph Cooper son 11 School Fritchley
Sarah Cooper daughter 6 School Fritchley
Herbert Cooper son 4   Fritchley
Nellie Cooper daughter 3   Fritchley

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1911: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Philip Cooper Head 49 Patent steel wiredrawer Codnor
Elizabeth Cooper wife 48   Crich
George Cooper son 24 Labourer wire works Crich
Joseph Cooper son 21 Collier datler Crich
Sarah Cooper daughter 16 Lady finisher Stevenson Dyers Crich
Herbert Cooper son 14 Labourer Glossops bobbin mills Crich
Nellie Cooper daughter 13   Crich

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1918 Crich voters
Herbert Cooper, Hill Top; absent on military service.

1939 Register: Hilltop, Fritchley
Herbert Cooper b.18 January 1897; brick setter, heavy work
Phoebe Cooper b.2 November 1898
Olive Bacon (Cooper) b.11 December 1927; school