Charles Henry COOPER
Rank: Private
Number: 266049
Unit: D Company, 1st Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 4 October 1917
Age: 26
Cemetery: Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium

Charles had been born in Stockport, the son of William and Elizabeth. In 1917, the family were living at 38 Lancaster Street, Portwood, but later Mr & Mrs Cooper moved to 19 Longton Street, also in Portwood.

Charles worked at Reynolds Doubling Mill on Newbridge lane, Stockport and, in late autumn/early winter 1914 enlisted at Stockport into the local 1/6th (Territorial) Battalion of the Cheshires, having a service number 3078. He must have still been serving with this Battalion in late 1916/early 1917 when his later 6-digit number was allocated, being transferred to the 1st Battalion, shortly before his death.

Details of his last tour of duty in the trenches are here. His company commander late wrote to his parents "Your son was killed with several others just before we moved up to the front line and was buried the same night and a cross was put on his grave. Death was instantaneous and it may help you to know that he felt no pain. Although he had only been with us a short time, he had already made a reputation for himself and was known to be a good soldier who always did his work cheerfully and well."

Although he was buried, Charles' grave could not be located after the war and he is, therefore, commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing at Tyne Cot Cemetery which overlooks the battlefield.

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