Harold COOPER
Rank: Lance Corporal
Number: 66497
Unit: 1/5th Battalion WEST YORKSHIRE
Date of Death: 24 October 1918
Age: 26
Cemetery: Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

Harold was born in the Stockport area, the son of Joseph and Hannah. The 1901 census shows that he had two sisters. Lily was a year older than him and Eleanor, three years younger. In 1901 the five of them were living in 4 rooms at 3 Jennings Street, Edgeley.

Nothing else is known of his life until he enlisted into the army at Stockport. By that time, he had married Clara and they are believed to have been living at 59 Freemantle Street, Edgeley. Regimental records published after the War show that the West Yorkshire's were not Harold's original unit. The record confusingly gives two units as his previous one and it cannot be known which the error is. The units are the Royal Army Ordnance Corps and the Northumberland Fusiliers. Whichever was the correct unit, his service number was 019169. The National Archives holds details of the service medal entitlement of all men who went overseas. This prior service is not noted on Harold's record and confirms that he did not serve abroad with them. No doubt, he was transferred to the West Yorkshires when he had finished his training.

Harold is buried in a Cemetery used by the various base hospitals along the Channel coast and he is known to have died of wounds he had received in action. However, it is impossible to know when the wounds were received as men could spend some considerable time at the hospitals in France before being evacuated back to Britain.

   
           
   
     
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