Joseph Cooper (1889–1932)

Private

Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 32312 1st – 4th Battalions

Photos courtesy Maureen Carlisle

Josph Cooper in Ww1

Notes
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 [Steve Morse]

Medal Index Card
He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.

Derbyshire Courier
14 July 1917
WOUNDED
Pte. J. Cooper, Fritchley

Joseph Cooper in WW1

Derbyshire Courier
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

WW1 postcard

WW1 postcard from crich Parish

Marriage Certificate
'Private; 3rd Battalion; Sherwood Foresters'.

Letters from Joseph

WW1 letter from Joseph Cooper

WW1 letter from Joseph Cooper

WW1 card from Joseph Cooper

WW1 card from Joseph Cooper

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.

CENSUS INFORMATION

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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