|Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)||32312||1st – 4th Battalions|
Photos courtesy Maureen Carlisle
Joseph was born about 1890 and worked as a colliery dataller. A ‘dataller’ was a man employed to do service work in the mine and paid by the day. He married Elizabeth Byard on 2 February 1917 at the Belper Register Office.
Joseph enlisted in Nov 1915 ; the 4th (Extra) reserve Battalion. Stationed at Sunderland then France in the 1st battalion. He was a lucky man by the looks of it. The 1st battalion were given a hopeless task in July 1916 
Medal Index Card
He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.
14 July 1917
Pte. J. Cooper, Fritchley
14 July 1917
Fritchley soldier three times wounded
In a letter to his home, Private Joe Cooper, of Fritchley, informed his relatives that he has again been wounded. Writing from a general hospital in France on 3 July, Private Cooper says: – "I got hit in the knee with a piece of shrapnel in the early morning of 1 July, the day after my birthday. You need not worry I'm going on all right. Thank God I escaped luckily for the shell killed my chum. I had an operation the same night, and the piece of shrapnel was taken out. It's the same old leg that got broken out here last September." Private Cooper, who went out in January of last year, was wounded in the arm by shrapnel on seven July at Mametz Wood, and in September on Vimy Ridge he had his leg broken. During his last leave in February, he was married to Miss Byard of Fritchley
Postcard from Crich Parish
'Private; 3rd Battalion; Sherwood Foresters'.
Letters from Joseph
Joseph's brother Herbert Cooper is also on the Roll of Honour. Both served with the Foresters and had close regimental numbers – Joseph's was 32312 and Herbert's was 32314.
1901: The Poplars, Fritchley
|Philip||Cooper||Head||39||Patent steel wiredrawer||Codnor|
|Philip||Cooper||Head||49||Patent steel wiredrawer||Codnor|
|George||Cooper||son||24||Labourer wire works||Crich|
|Sarah||Cooper||daughter||16||Lady finisher Stevenson Dyers||Crich|
|Herbert||Cooper||son||14||Labourer Glossops bobbin mills||Crich|