Herbert Cooper(1878–1945)


Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 47552 14th, 2nd & 1st Battalions
Labour Corps 528141 501st Agricultural Coy

Photos courtesy Enid Hanson

Herbert Cooper in WW1

Herbert was born and raised at Fritchley and married Gertrude Jackson 12 November 1900 at Belper in 1900. He had five daughters and a son. The family moved to Nether Heage before relocating to Codnor Park prior to his enlistment in Dec 1915. He served in France from Aug 1916 until March 1917. After his demob in March 1919, the family later relocated to Codnor.

Herbert and Gertrude Cooper and

Herbert with Gertrude c 1930s/1940s

[Steve Morse]
Enlisted Dec 1916;  14th were Reserve Battalion.
He went to France to join 2nd battalion on 29/8/16 but soon moved to 1st battalion 29/10/16.

Army Service Record
He enisted 25 May 1916 at Derby, aged 39 years and 6 months, a married farm carter living at Foundry Road, Codnor Park. Height 5ft 5⅛ . A Primative Methodist (or Wesleyan) born at Fritchley.
Next of kin Gertrude Jackson married 12/11/1900 at Belper; children Sarah, Emma, Amy, Albert Victor, Elsie Florence May, baby girl
Born 1876 Fritchley
10/12/15 to 28/08/16
29/08/16 to 02/03/17 Expeditionary Forces France
12/10/17 Wounded
In 1919 transferred to the Labour Corps
Discharged 06/03/19
03/05/19 Awarded 20% disabilty allowance of 5/6 ; married with 4 children

Medal Index Record
528141 Pte Cooper Herbert, Labour Corps; (also 47552 Notts & Derby) awarded Victory and British War Medals

His younger brother Albert Victor Cooper is also on the Roll of Honour


1891: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Jabez Cooper Head 52 Labourer Heage
Tryphena Cooper wife 47   Crich
Joseph Cooper son 19 Labourer Crich
Jabez Cooper son 17 Labourer Crich
Herbert Cooper son 12 Scholar Crich
Lily Cooper daughter 9 Scholar Crich
William Cooper son 4   Crich

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1901: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Herbert Cooper Head 22 Limestone burner Fritchley
Gertrude Cooper wife 17   Ambergate
Sarah Cooper daughter 2 mo   Fritchley

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1911: Nether Heage

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Herbert Cooper Head 33 Labourer lime works Derbyshire
Gertrude Cooper wife 28   Derbyshire
Sarah Cooper daughter 10   Derbyshire
Emma Cooper daughter 7   Derbyshire
Amy Cooper daughter 6 mo   Derbyshire

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1939 Register: Goose Lane Codnor
Herbert Cooper b. 22 June 1899; farm labourer
Gertrude Cooper b. 19 March 1903 [crossed out and changed to 1884]
[Note: some confusion over birthdates on the register, it looks like Herbert's original entry was 1877 changed to 1899. He was born in 1878.]